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Alzinger 'Ried Mühlpoint' Grüner Veltliner Federspiel, Wachau 2022

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GRÜNER VELTLINER
TART & FRESH and MINERAL
SUSTAINABLE FARMING
CRITIC SCORE 90+
WACHAU
AUSTRIA

Winemaker: Leo Alzinger

Farming: Sustainable

Variety: Grüner Veltliner (Federspiel ripeness level)

Terroir:  The vineyard is located on the slope of the Steinertal. While in the  upper part of the influence of the mountain is still clearly felt and gneiss penetrates to the surface, the lower half is increasingly characterized by the level and continuously deeper loam layers.  Aromatically, these factors are mainly noticeable through a pronounced spiciness.

Vinification: Harvest at Alzinger happens later than some of Leo’s neighbors in Unterloiben, something he attributes to old vines and the specific exposition of his parcels. The extra time on the vine doesn’t increase sugar levels, Leo says, but rather pushes physiological ripeness to greater balance. Alzinger crushes whole-cluster with a short maceration, then allows the must to settle for 24 hours, dropping any green tannins out.