Grüner Veltliner Ried Hinter der Burg Federspiel 2019

Franz Prager, co-founder of the Vinea Wachau, had already earned a reputation for his wines when Toni Bodenstein married into the family. Bodenstein’s passion for biodiversity and old terraces, coupled with brilliant winemaking, places Prager in the highest echelon of Austrian producers.

Federspiel is a designation of ripeness for dry wines, a term used exclusively by members of the Vinea Wachau. Federspiel wines must fall between 11.5 and 12.5% ABV without chaptalization. The grapes are hand-harvested, typically in October, and are sent directly to press where they spontaneously ferment in stainless-steel tanks.

Ried Hinter der Burg, meaning “behind the old castle” of Weißenkirchen, is a southeast-facing site with sedimentary soils, rich in humus and containing “shotte” stones from the old Danube. The vineyard benefits from sitting just below the Hinter Seiber and its deep soils are especially well-suited to Grüner Veltliner. Prager produces only Grüner Veltliner Federspiel from this site.

Tasting Notes

Prager’s stylistic signature is that of aromatic complexity coupled with power and tension. High-density planting and long hang times ensure ripe fruit flavors and concentration, yet allowing leaves to shade the fruit lend vibrant aromatics of grasses, herbs, and wildflowers. Minerality is a constant feature of any Prager wine.

Food Pairing

With maximum alcohol of 12.5%, Grüner Veltliner Federspiel is never heavy. Its freshness and savoriness make it ideal with high-integrity ingredients such as seared white fish or sautéed spring vegetables. Grüner Veltliner is a classic accompaniment to Wiener Schnitzel.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Ried Hinter der Burg
Vineyard size
21 acres
Soil composition
Pebbly and Stony
Elevation
760-860 feet
Vines/acre
2,080
Yield/acre
2.1 tons
Exposure
Southeastern
Year vineyard planted
1961-1983
Harvest time
October
First vintage of this wine
1953
Bottles produced of this wine
24,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Grüner Veltliner
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation
36 days
Fermentation temperature
64 °F
Type of aging container
Stainless steel tanks
Length of bottle aging
2 months
Length of aging before bottling
6 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
12.5 %

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