Stadt Krems Ried Wachtberg Grüner Veltliner 2020

Weingut Stadt Krems was founded in 1452 as a source of revenue for the hospital of Krems and is one of the oldest wineries in Austria. The municipality of Krems still owns the 560-year old winery and is today one of the best in the region. Farming practices are ‘Certified Sustainable,’ and the estate belongs to the prestigious Traditionsweingüter.

Kremstal is a transitional region between the loess soils of Kamptal and the stone terraces of Wachau and the character of its wines depends greatly on vineyard location. The vineyards of Weingut Stadt Krems are within the city limits of Krems and its neighboring district of Stein where steep terraces face the Danube on primary rock-based soils.

Grüner Veltliner Ried Wachtberg 1ÖTW is a single-vineyard, classified as Erste Lage (premier cru) by the Traditionsweingüter. Wachtberg lies behind the town of Krems, a high terraced hill that roughly translates as ‘Lookout Mountain.’ Wachtberg reaches a height of 400 meters with a bedrock of gneiss and schist covered by extensive deposits of calcareous loess. Vinified in stainless steel tanks.

Tasting Notes

Grüner Veltliner is the signature grape of Austria and produces a dry white wine with savory aromas, spicy flavors, and good acidity. Young Grüner Veltliner is fresh-tasting with notes of green apple, lemon, radish, and arugula. Lighter styles of Grüner Veltliner are intended for immediate drinking, while more structured examples can age for many years.

Food Pairing

Grüner Veltliner’s bright acidity and savory character make it and an ideal partner to mildly spiced Vietnamese, Thai, and Chinese dishes. Fish and shellfish are accented by Grüner Veltliner’s citrus and mineral profile while its acidity cuts the richness of pork or ham. It can also work well with foods that are difficult to pair such as bitter greens and asparagus.

Production Info
Production area/appellation
Kremstal DAC
Vineyard name
Ried Wachtberg
Soil composition
Loess and Gneiss
Exposure
Southeastern
Total SO2
113
Year vineyard planted
1962
First vintage of this wine
1966
Bottles produced of this wine
2,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Grüner Veltliner
Fining agent
Animal based
Type of aging container
Stainless steel tanks
Length of aging before bottling
6 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13 %
Residual sugar
1.2 g/L
Acidity
5.2 g/L
Dry extract
18.8 g/L

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