Alzinger 2018 "Ried Mühlpoint" Federspiel Grüner Veltliner, Wachau, Austria
Winemaker: Leo Alzinger
Variety: Grüner Veltliner (Federspiel ripeness level)
Terroir: The vineyard is located on the slope of the Steinertal. While in the upper part of the influence of the mountain is still clearly felt and gneiss penetrates to the surface, the lower half is increasingly characterized by the level and continuously deeper loam layers. Aromatically, these factors are mainly noticeable through a pronounced spiciness.
Vinification: Harvest at Alzinger happens later than some of Leo’s neighbors in Unterloiben, something he attributes to old vines and the specific exposition of his parcels. The extra time on the vine doesn’t increase sugar levels, Leo says, but rather pushes physiological ripeness to greater balance. Alzinger crushes whole-cluster with a short maceration, then allows the must to settle for 24 hours, dropping any green tannins out.
This wine was harvested in early October from multiple vineyards in Dürnstein, spontaneously fermented in stainless steel, with elevage in steel, with a small amount of neutral Austrian oak.
Score: Robert Parker - 90 (2020)