Stadt Grüner Veltliner Kremstal DAC 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 Kremstal DAC is a ‘Gebietswein’ or regional wine intended to capture the typicity of the Kremstal area. From mainly loess soils on terraced sites near Krems, this modern-styled Grüner Veltliner was vinified in stainless steel tanks and bottled after a short period resting on its fine lees.
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.
Grüner Veltliner’s bright acidity and savory character make it 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.
Alcohol 12 %
Residual sugar 2.6 g/L
Acidity 6.1 g/L
Varietal composition 100% Gruner Veltliner
Fermentation container Stainless steel tanks
Fining agent Animal based
Type of aging container Stainless steel tanks
Length of aging before bottling 4 months
Certified Sustainable by Lacon
Time for a romantic wine story. While this wine isn't that wine, it is of the same varietal so I feel it fits.
I tasted the Baumgartner Grüner Veltliner that we put on tap today and was reminded of the best and worst day me and Beer Girl had in Vienna.
Prior to opening Beer Girl we used to travel. We traveled so much and so long people would wonder "are you ever coming home." We had been in Vienna for a few weeks and we heard about these wineries surrounding the city where you could drink wine, eat sausages and sacher torts, while enjoying scenic views.
Archduke Ferdinand had ruled wineries could sell all the wine from the vineyards tax free. Any wine sold outside of the winery would be taxed. Lots of winery restaurants popped up after that decree. After a little research on Reddit, I found Heuriger Sirbu. Several Redditors claimed it had the best view and the wines.
To get to Heuriger SIrbu we took the S-Bahn as north as we could and then a bus up the mountain. Unfortunately that was still 2 miles away from the winery. Let me clarify 2 miles straight up hill through bug infested grape vines. To say I was not popular is an understatement. Especially when it was discovered there was a private wagon we could have taken those last 2 miles. So 2 miles later, a hundred bug bites, and by my conservative count 6 breakups we reached the winery. It was glorious! All was forgiven as we drank pitchers of Grüner Veltliner while consuming sausages and dessert taking in the incredible view of Vienna.
When I tasted the Baumgartner Grüner Veltliner today I was immediately taken back to that glorious day. To me the best tasting wines are not those that simply taste good. The best wines are ones that bring back a cherished memory.
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