Quittengang 2018

Winery Schloss Maissau

Region Niederösterreich, Austria

Grapes Grüner Veltliner 100%
Grape GrowingThis year was very hot and dry. In this year we had a late frost and so the yield was very low naturally. This vineyard is situated next to the castle on the south eastern side of the building at the Manhartsberg. The Manhartsberg is a mountain range built from the bohemian massive 10 million years ago. And this consists of granite. This is also the natural border between „Weinviertel“ and „Waldviertel“. The climate in the region Waldviertel is cooler and not a wine growing region but we are influenced in the Weinviertel from this area. Especially during summer nights. When the husband of the countess died 3 generations ago she made stations of the cross and in between she planted quince trees. Today, underneath lies the vineyard „Quittengang“ (Quitte = quince, gang = path)
WinemakingThe grapes are hand picked from the vineyard „Quittengang“. Harvest time was on the 3rd of October 2018. When the selected grapes come into the cellar, we put them straight into the press with destemming and crushing. Before, we close the press to leave the berries for another 12 hours in contact with the juice to extract more typical peppery and ripe aromas from the skins. We are not using any sulphur or other additions to the grapes or must. We are not pumping any grapes or mash – we are only using gravity to bring the grapes into the press. After about 10 hours of sedimentation of the must we rack it into the fermenting tank. The fermentation starts with the natural yeast and after about 2 weeks in the middle of the slow fermentation we inoculate the juice with yeast to bring the fermentation to a dry end. The fermentation is controlled by temperature at 21°C (70°F). The wine stores on the full lees for about 3 months without sulphur and then another 12 months on the fine lees – sulphured for the first time. This wine is clear due to the long time without moving but bottled unfiltered.

Wine Data

Alc13

PH3.6

TA4.6 g/L

RS1.1 g/L

Sulfurfree 21mg/L- total 85mg/L

SoilGranite

Altitude340m (1115 feet)

Vineyard Age40 years

Production Size200 cases

PairingWhite fish, Scallops, Fresh veggies, Steamed veggies, Cauliflower steaks, Trout, Brandade Cuisine: Japanese, Austrian, Peruvian, Scandinavian, Russian

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