Hirsch 2018 Ried Kammerner "Gaisberg", Erste Lage, Gruner Veltliner, Kamptal, Austria
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Hirsch 2018 Ried Kammerner "Gaisberg", Erste Lage (1er Cru), Gruner Veltliner, Kamptal, Austria
If wines reflect the winemaker, Johannes Hirsch’s collection of Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners are full of energy and vitality. In the 1970s, ‘Hannes’ father started organic farming and in 2006, he was one of the founding members of Respekt – a new biodynamic certification started as an alternative to Demeter, which was then the only certification. Respekt has branched out from Austria and now covers “German-speaking areas” including Northern Italy and Germany. Respekt is an independent organization and takes a holistic view of Biodynamics.
- Varities: Grüner Veltliner
Farming: Certified biodynamic.
- Winemaker: Johannes Hirsch
- Terroir: The slopes of this wine-growing area vineyard extend eastwards from the Heiligenstein mountain; they have a clear southerly aspect and an average gradient of about 11%.The low-lying areas have highly calcareous chernozem soils with fragments of crystalline rocks, derived from the underlying loess which in turn overlies gravel beds. The upper parts of the slopes consist predominantly of gneiss with amphibolite lenses, and occasional remnants of loess. The overlying soil is a calcareous brown earth with varying proportions of coarse material. Where the brown earth rests directly on gneiss it is generally non-calcareous but it may be calcareous where it has developed on amphibolite
Vinification: Harvest at the beginning / mid of September. Whole bunch pressing, fermentation without temperature control and using only natural yeasts with maturation occurring in both stainless steel tanks and large oak barrels. The wine rested on the lees until middle of May prior to bottling at the end of July and release in September 2019.
- Tasting Notes: Fresh light and delicious, this Gruner presents a mix of tart and ripe tropical fruits, with hints of kiwi, green melon, and star fruit. It finishes with a clean, limestone finish, and pairs perfectly with spicy asian curries, lightly prepared white fish dishes or