Feiler-Artinger Neuburger 2015

Powerful, unusual wine from an extremely rare grape. Natural crossing of Silvaner and Roter Veltliner. Some oak. Malolactic. Modest acidity.

Details

Details

Neuburger is an old natural crossing of Roter Veltliner and Silvaner, first noticed in the 19th Century. Typically, it makes full-bodied, rather powerful wine. There's very little of it, only around 250 hectares in all of Austria, and it's usually found in Burgenland and the Wachau. Typically, it takes on a nutty flavor and is a real pain to produce, subject to rot and rain damage, which more or less explains why so few wineries go the trouble of making it.

Feiler, however, is very fond of the grape - they have 1.5 hectares of it and produce one of the country's best every year. The grape is happiest in warm, dry years, such as 2015.

This wine is very full-flavored with a combination of intense floral aromas and a distinct herbal finish. It is unlike any other Austrian wine, though there are some similarities with an almost equally unknown grape, Roter Veltliner.

It should be served with hearty foods and can stand up to any meat - the Viennese signature dish Tafelspitz comes to mind. This wine was aged in lightly toasted barrels; it has undergone malolactic fermentation; the acid is not high but the flavors are dazzling. Aging potential is around 8-9 years or so. A unique and wonderful wine.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Farming Standard biological
Winemaker Feiler-Artinger
Producer Feiler-Artinger
Alcohol 13.00
ml 750
Residual Sugar (g/L) 6.00
Acidity (g/l) 4.30
Closure Screw Cap
Cellar Potential 2016-2024
Grape Variety 100% - Neuburger
Body medium
Sweetness dry
region Burgenland

Region

Burgenland


Burgenland is made up of 4 "sub-areas" and covers 19,215 hectares, which is about 48,000 acres. The dominating geographical influence here is the Neusiedler Lake (Neusiedlersee), and the 4 subdivided areas are called Southern Burgenland (Südburgenland), Central Burgenland (Mittelburgenland), Neusiedler Lake (Neusiedlersee) and the Neusiedler Lake Highlands (Neusiedlersee-Hügelland).

From the northernmost Neusiedlersee area comes full-bodied white wines, including the countries best Chardonnays. This is also an area where great red wines are produced, including those from the "Pannobile" co-operative who age their wines in oak.

Due to the vineyards proximity to the lake and their location in the hot Pannonian climate zone, their grapes more often than not develop the "noble rot" (botrytis cinerea) which creates heady dessert wines. The region stretches along the Hungarian border, right across which Tokaji is being made.

The town of Rust, in the Neusiedler Lake Highlands, is where the famous Ruster Ausbruch dessert wine is made. This is also where storks come to roost every year, building their enormous nests on the roof of every building along the main roads. They make a clicking sound which is somewhere between a woodpecker and a jackhammer, and as you sit at the Heuriger (wine garden) drinking the afternoon away, the potential cacophony becomes something of a symphony.

Subregion

Neusiedlersee-Huegelland


We are at the west side of the Neusiedler Lake.The Austrian wine establishment has now begun to call this region Leithaberg, after the local hillsides themselves, although it is hard to imagine winegrowing in this region without the beneficent influence of the lake.

The free city of Rust has been famous for its sweet wines for centuries, now producing memorable reds and dry whites as well.

The towns of St Margarethen, Donnerskirchen and Grosshöflein are all proving to be sources of excellent grapes from the varieties Blaufränkisch and St Laurent, as well as for the more surprising Sauvignon Blanc.

The major municipality Eisenstadt is the capital of Burgenland; the area has been settled since the early Iron Age, and evidence of viticulture exists in Celtic hill burials from nearly three thousand years ago.

SKU: 2682
$28.50