Riesling Ried Steinriegl 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 be unchaptalized and fall between 11.5 and 12.5% ABV. The grapes are hand-harvested, typically in October, and are sent directly to press where they spontaneously ferment in stainless-steel tanks.

Steinriegl is planted to Riesling and is Prager’s only vineyard west of Weißenkirchen. The exceptionally steep, southwest-facing site has a cool mesoclimate due to its proximity to the forest, and its soil is a unique “kalksilikatmarmor,” a limestone silicate marble rarely found elsewhere in the Wachau. Bodenstein produces both an earlier-picked Federspiel and a later-picked Smaragd.

Tasting Notes

Austrian Riesling is often defined by elevated levels of dry extract thanks to a lengthy ripening period and freshness due to dramatic temperature swings between day and night. Steinriegl’s uniquely cool microclimate results in wines of high aroma and focused acidity and its limestone soil provide compact structure and a flavor that is distinctive among Wachau Rieslings.

Food Pairing

Riesling’s high acidity makes it one of the most versatile wines at the table. Riesling can be used to cut the fattiness of foods such as pork or sausages and can tame some saltiness. Conversely, it can highlight foods such as fish or vegetables in the same way a squeeze of lemon or a vinaigrette might.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Ried Steinriegl
Vineyard size
52 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous and Rocky
Elevation
715-1,145 feet
Vines/acre
2,680
Yield/acre
2 tons
Exposure
Southern / Southwestern
Year vineyard planted
1949-1990
Harvest time
October
First vintage of this wine
1953
Bottles produced of this wine
25,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Riesling
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
7 years
Length of alcoholic fermentation
34 days
Fermentation temperature
63 °F
Type of aging container
Stainless steel tanks
Length of bottle aging
2 months
Size of aging container
4,000 L
Length of aging before bottling
7 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
12.5 %

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