– 2018 HIEDLER LANGENLOIS GRUNER VELTLINER –
This week we’re heading back to Europe for a quick wine visit. We’re taking you to Langenlois in Austria to visit the Hiedler Winery:
Cellar Pick of the Week: 2018 Hiedler Gruner Veltliner
Origin: Langenlois Austria
Grape varietal: Gruner Veltliner
Langenlois is a town in the district of Krems-Land in the Austrian state of Lower Austria, about an hour away from Vienna. Langelois is famous for its wine production, it is also home to the Loisium, a centre celebrating and advertising the wines of the region.
The Hiedler Family started their wine journey about 160 years ago, after a long history of leather tannery. When Josef Hiedler married his wife Anna, she brought a few vineyards with her for the family. Curiosity soon turned into a growing fascination for the winemaker’s craft, that led to the official foundation of the winery in 1856. Josef and Anna cultivated their first vines in the historic vineyard sites Thal and Spiegel and started to make wine on a small scale. in 1906, the winery was honored by the Archduchy of Lower Austria for its wine quality. Hiedler wines became well known and were valued for their quality.
Generation after generation The Hiedler Family looked after the winery, and in 1992, they founded the renowned association “Österreichsiche Traditionsweingüter” (Traditional Austrian Wine Estates), together with six other wineries. An association that is now regarded as the great pioneer of the Austrian vineyard classification. Currently, at the 5th generation, the two brothers Ludwig Jr. and Dietmar have made good use of the new opportunities of their winemaking generation and explored the world. Slowly the responsibility flows into the hands of the brothers who are further developing the estate with their vision.
Every wine village is unique in terms of location, elevation and geology. An Ortswein (Village Wine) reflects this geological and microclimatic spectrum. The historic town Langenlois is the center of the Kamptal appellation. Gruener Veltliner is predominantly grown on limy, partly clayey, loess and loam soils, which cover the area from the southeast to the higher lying western plateau. This elegant Veltliner, bottled after over 6 months on the lees, is characterized by pithy fruit and spicy minerality, which unmistakably reflect its origin.
In 2008, Grüner Veltliner plantations in Austria stood at 17,151 hectares (42,380 acres), and it accounts for 32.6% of all vineyards in the country, almost all of it being grown in the northeast of the country. Thus, it is the most-planted grape variety in Austria.
The grapes were selected by hand throughout mid-September 2018. After the fruit was destemmed and crushed, it was gently pressed without sulphurisation of the juice. After adding local Kamptal yeast, the juice fermented in stainless steel, with a partial spontaneous malolactic fermentation. The wine matured for several months on the lees and was eventually bottled at high atmospheric pressure during March 2019.
It’s a typical authentic Gruner Veltliner: There’s a present spice in the nose, together with meadow herbs, some sage, yellow apples and pears, and a subtle sandy minerality coming through. The taste contains hints of white pepper, quince, citrus fruits and a well integrated acidity. The wine has a firm texture, great character with herbal and earthy notes in the finish.
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