Felix Gruner Veltliner 2014

Felix is a fresh and fruity Gruner Veltliner and winner of Austria's prestigious Salon competition in the GV category.
SKU: 2466
$10.00

Details

Details

Austria's best Gruner Veltliners come from the region known as Lower Austria ("Niederosterreich") and the valleys carved by the Danube and its tributaries. One of these valleys, the Kamptal, is home to producer Steinschaden, a family operation that has been known for its expertise in producing Gruner Veltliner according to the classic standards set by the Kamptal region for many generations. We started working with Steinschaden because we hanve not met another producer who manages to deliver the same quality at this price. This Gruner Veltliner won the Austrian Salon tasting competition where winemakers taset and rate the region's wines, and for good reason: the Felix is as classic a Gruner as you can find, showing the typical apple, pear and herbal notes, followed by a fresh and peppery finish. Immensely quaffable, this wine wants to be drunk in its youth but will last a good 3-5 years if cellared.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Farming Standard sustainable
Winemaker Steinschaden
Producer Steinschaden
Alcohol 12.50
ml 750
Residual Sugar (g/L) 5.60
Acidity (g/l) 1.50
Closure Screw Cap
Cellar Potential Drink now but this wine will keep a good 3-5 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

Kamptal


With more than 10,000 acres planted to the vine, Kamptal is one of the larger growing regions of Austria.
Spread around about the thriving town of Langelois, Kamptal takes its name, as does Kremstal, from the river that runs through the valley.

Kamptal is home to one of the most monumental hills of vines anywhere, the massive Heiligenstein in Zöbing. Etymologists have fun with how the hellish-hot Heissenstein turned holy into the Heiligenstein, going from the devils to the saints, as it were. This imposing natural wonder dates from the Permian period, some 270 million years ago, and is composted of weathered sandstone with volcanic highlights.
The densely terraced south face of the massif is so steep that the typical loess has never blown onto it and collected here, thus it offers particularly fine soils for growing the finicky Riesling.

This is another region where the hot Pannonian climate is tempered by the cool evening breezes coming out of the Waldviertel—which provides the grapes with a longer time to hang on their vines, developing good physiologic ripeness to complement the sugar-content.

Home to at least 160 wine estates, the region is also becoming a preferred tourist destination.