Ebner Ebenauer Gruner Veltliner Birthal 2014

Delicate and graceful with notes of spice, ripe pears and a hint of the classic Gruner Veltliner white pepper note on the finish.
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$19.99

Details

Details

This Gruner Veltliner is harvested from vines in the neighborhood of 30 years of age, finely spicy combined with the warm scent of ripe pears. Here the lightness of the soils in the vineyard contribute to the delicacy and grace of the wine. After a short period of maceration, fermentation was induced with cultured yeast; after three months on the lees the wine was aged in stainless steel until bottling in April.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Farming Standard sustainable
Winemaker Manfred Ebenauer
Producer Ebner Ebenauer
Alcohol 12.50
ml 750
Residual Sugar (g/L) 1.00
Acidity (g/l) 5.70
Closure Screw Cap
Cellar Potential Drink now but will show nicely for a good two to three years.
Grape Variety 100% - Gruner Veltliner
Body medium
Sweetness dry
region Lower Austria

Region

Lower Austria


This name means Lower Austria, and many find it quaint that it refers to part of the nation that, seen on the map, lies above Upper Austria. But in this mountainous country, up means Alp and, we are figuring things in terms of altitude, rather than latitude.

Niederösterreich is the largest of the primary growing regions. The others are the city of Vienna, Burgenland, and Styria. Its size alone might grant Lower Austria a greater diversity than the other three, but that doesn't begin to complete the picture. There are eight winegrowing districts that make up Lower Austria. The most famous of these is the Wachau, and the most prolific is the Weinviertel, literally the wine-quarter, which produces a colossal amount of very flavorful and slightly homogenous Grüner Veltliner.

There: we said the magic word.

Grüner Veltliner (aka Weissgipfler) is the national treasure of Austria, and it is the unifying theme which binds these eight subregions together, although one might be hard-put to find much of it in the Thermenregion, and there isn't a great deal of it in Carnuntum.

The most memorable wines from Lower Austria are white, and typically come from a stretch which starts with the western end of the Wachau, and ends right before the viticultural city limits of the nation's capital. The most outstanding feature of this area is the river Danube, die Donau to germanophones, which runs through the wine-country from Melk to Vienna, nourishing three districts named for the valleys of its tributary rivers: Kamptal, Kremstal and Traisental, and a fourth, Wagram, which takes its name from the foothills which bind it to the river.

What makes Lower Austria unique and outstanding in the world of wine?

Perhaps nowhere else are such comparably fine wines made from so many different grape varieties:

In addition to the aforementioned King of the Hill, there is the great Rhine Riesling, which Austria shares with Germany and Alsace. Then, we must mention the presence of very fine Pinot Noir, succulent Zweigelt and striking St Laurent. With those we cross over into the realm of red wine, and very successfully, I might add, before falling back into the white varieties to mention Weissburgunder, which shows terrific potential for something whose name means pinot blanc.

Additionally, there are significant successful plantings of Grauer Burgunder, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Then we can make space on the rack for Roter Veltliner, Muskateller and Neuburger, which can be occasionally exceptional.

Thermenregion offers its couple rarities, Zierfandler and Rotgipfler, and you might even find all of the above growing in a single vineyard in the city of Vienna, like representatives all together at Parliament in the capital, but that's another story.

Great grapes make delicious wine, but when great grapes are grown in extraordinarily specific and unique soils, the wines transcend delicious and become profound. The soils of Lower Austria range from the Urgestein, primary rock, of the Wachau, through volcanic terroirs of the Kamptal and the fossil limestone of the Traisental, and happily include the deep loess of Wagram, with many combinations along the way.

And then there are the many creative growers, who have put in so much work in the past couple decades to elevate the state of their art and give the wine-drinking world pleasures that were unimagined twenty years ago.

Subregion

Weinviertel DAC


The Weinviertel (Wine Quarter) is the largest wine growing region in Austria. Roughly speaking, it occupies the north-east corner of the country. Eventually, it will be further divided, and some already speak of a Western Part, a North-Eastern part and a Southern part. But the Weinviertel is really an archipelago of wine islands set in the middle of a vast, rolling farmland. You can drive in it for many miles and never see a single vine. Then suddenly there will be, surrounding a village, nothing but vines.

Some 16,000 hectares are planted in vines throughout this region, which makes it more than four times the size of the Kamptal and over ten times the size of the Wachau. This also means that there are many varieties of terroir and many microclimates. In general, the Wineviertel receives the least rain of any region in Austria and the greatest variance of temperature in lower Austria, which is to say in the wine growing regions. Soils vary from a preponderance of loess (always on the lee side of the hills, as the winds coming from the west have slowly built up layers of fine clay) to sand, granite, loam, and gravelly soils as well as limestone veins that pop up unexpectedly in both the north and west.

Though Grüner Veltliner is the king of the Weinviertel (and is the only grape allowed to be classified under the DAC system), numerous other grapes are grown, mostly white, but also a steadily growing percentage of red grapes. There are wonderful aromatic whites, such as Gelber Muskateller, Traminer, and Sauvignon Blanc. There are also ambitious Chardonnays and some very impressive reds from Pinot Noir and St. Laurent.

In the past the Weinviertel was best known as a source for modestly priced Grüner Veltliners, and it still makes wines of great value, but as young and ambitious wine makers produce quality wines, the region will gain in prestige, and probably cost.


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