The unique vineyards surrounding the historic Winkelberg Castle face south and are located on an incomparable plateau behind the edge of the Wagram. They are covered by a lush layer of loess, beneath which are layers of glacial Danube pebbles and lower-lying clayey-silty Miocene marine sediments with sand accumulations - a testimony to past storm events.
A careful manual harvest of the grapes was the start of a two-month natural fermentation process in used 2000 litre wooden barrels.
The shimmering, intensely golden play of colours of the 2020 Grüner Veltliner Ried Schlossberg 1.ÖTW reverberates across the glass.
The beguiling fragrance is united in a powerful, juicy fruit and an intense spiciness. Notes of dried apricots, mango and orange mingle with lush floral aromas and exotic spices like cinnamon and cardamom. Everything is accompanied by an earthy and stony depth that points to an incredible development potential.
On the palate, the wine presents itself as taut and sophisticated. The seemingly sweet fruit is well balanced with a wonderfully stimulating acidity and distinctly salty nuances. Supported by the spicy flavours and a pleasantly spicy tannin structure, this is a real endurance athlete among wines. With additional maturity, it has the potential to gain even more depth and complexity, so be sure to decant before enjoying.
As culinary accompaniments to this outstanding wine, I recommend: Beetroot carpaccio with candied hazelnuts and grapefruit wedges. A pork tenderloin with apples, cooked down in cider and a touch of Calvados, served with homemade mashed potatoes. For an exotic touch, chicken rolls with corn stuffing and couscous, served with a coriander aioli.
Weinberghof Fritsch, Oberstockstall 24, A-3470 Kirchberg am Wagram / Austria, organic certificate: AT-BIO-402