Geyerhof “Stockwerk” Grüner Veltliner 2020


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Alcohol: 12%

Grape(s):  Grüner Veltliner 

Localization: Kremstal, Austria

Tasting Notes: A generous expression of Austria’s premier white grape, this minimal-intervention grüner is lively and juicy in the fresh cool 2020 vintage. A citrusy nose with a charming apple-crumble hint gives way to a zesty, fresh and focused palate.

Food pairing: Enjoy it with seafood, cheeses or vegetables.

The Domain: Being in landlocked Austria you might not expect the central edifice of a wine estate in the Kremstal to be called Schiffsmeisterhaus (Ship Master’s House) but there is such a building at the ancient Geyerhof estate. It dates back to the time when bricks were shipped along the Danube from a factory on the estate and to this day the family crest depicts a man holding an anchor. At one time the manager of the brick factory was none other than Georg von Trapp of the Sound of Music von Trapps! The estate is mentioned in historical documents dating from 1135 and the Maier family has been owners since the 16th century. Ilse and Josef Sr are the stewards of this heritage today, ably abetted by their son Josef and his wife Maria, and collectively they oversee 23 hectares on the southern slopes of the Danube, planted to five varieties across a veritable mosaic of soil types, together with as much land again given over to other forms of farming, including animals. Across the board, they farm sustainably following biodynamic practices and have made great efforts to reintroduce to the area bird species previously thought to have been extinct. As if that wasn't enough, they try to be as carbon neutral as possible and will not fly anywhere unless it is absolutely necessary.

The grape varieties are grüner veltliner, riesling, zweigelt, weisser burgunder and gelber muskateller, and among their holdings are four sites designated Erste Lage, the equivalent of grand cru (Ried Steinleithn, Ried Gaisberg, Ried Kirchensteig and Ried Goldberg) which like the rest of their plots are farmed organically and have been since 1988, making the family pioneers in Austria. They harvest by hand and as late as they can to ensure that they get optimally ripe fruit at low yields. In the cellars their ethos is low-intervention, trusting ambient yeasts to take care of the fermentation and tweaking rather than manipulating the process. Maturation is mostly in stainless steel for purity of fruit expression, though some of the very best cuvées see the oak in their 800-year-old cellars.