Rosi Schuster Gruner Veltliner Ungerberg 2019
This is one of the most serious and complex Gruner Veltliners Burgenland has to offer. The Ungerberg hillside, comprised of sandy limestone soils, sits at 250 foot elevation with wonderful orientation. Hannes tends the 45 year old Gruner Veltliner vines organically, crafting a wine that is powerful and smooth, yet elegant and mineral, with notes of ripe pear and apple, fine nuts and herbs. The combination of round and polished phenolic notes and a vibrant and lively spine make this Gruner Veltliner irresistible.
Just a few miles west of the great shallow lake called the Neusiedlersee (literally, the new settler lake) is the town of St. Margarethen and the winery Rosi Schuster. While Rosi still loves to help in the vineyards, today her son Hannes runs the estate, which specializes in brilliant, long-lived red wines and just a couple vibrant white wines. Their nine hectares of vines spread themselves out among the finest and oldest vineyards in the communities of St Margarethen and Zagersdorf.
Hannes' style and winemaking techniques are greatly influenced by his friend and mentor Roland Velich of the Moric estate, with whom he has collaborated closely for more than a decade. Hannes' wines always showcase bright fruit and transparently express the terroir of the villages of Sankt Margarethen, Rust and Zagersdorf. Here you will find soils ranging from heavy loam to sandstone, gravel and limestone. The vineyards have been organically certified since 2014 and produce distinctive wines that tell a tale of their place. This is what Hannes finds intriguing.