Holzapfel Zehenthof Gruner Veltliner Federspiel 2014
In 2014 few vintners got as lucky as Karl Holzapfel, whose famous vineyards (Achleiten, Klaus and Kollmitz) produced brilliant and fresh wines that reached Federspiel classifications with ease. If you look a bit further North in the valley many wines did not reach this distinction and had to be chaptalized, and -- due to the strict laws of the region -- also be declassified to wines that don't carry the Federspiel distinction.
This Gruner Veltliner Federspiel was grown in chalk-silicate, loess and gravel in parcels of varying degrees of elevation. The grapes were pressed immediately without a period of maceration, fermented in stainless steel tank with temperature control, then kept on the lees until the end of January.