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Hiedler 'Löss' Grüner Veltliner, Kamptal, Austria 2021

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GRUNER VELTLINER
MINERAL and FRUITY
ORGANIC FARMING
UNDER $25 and CRITIC SCORE 90+
KAMPTAL
AUSTRIA

Hiedler 'Löss' Grüner Veltliner, Kamptal, Austria 2021

Farming: Organic

Winemaker: Ludwig Jr. and Dietmar Hiedler

Variety: Grüner Veltliner 

Terroir: The Loess Grüner Veltliner is sourced from vines growing on the eponymous loess soils. They have been formed over the millennia by deposits of weathering alpine rock, crushed under the weight of ice age glaciers. Enormous storms have deposited this dust in various mineral compositions of clays, lime, quartz and mica, as well as in the southern Kamptal. The mineral-rich and porous soil, in which the vines form a deep root system, characterizes the typical bright fruit and cool spice of this Veltliner.

Vinification: Selective harvest by hand in the first half of September. Destemmed and crushed. Gently pressed off with low pressure. Without sulphurization of the juice. Temperature-regulated fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Partial spontaneous malolactic fermentation. Matured for several months on the lees.

Critical Acclaim:

  • 90 Pts, Wine Spectator

From our January 2024 Club notes:

Hiedler 'Löss' Grüner Veltliner, Kamptal, Austria 2021    

In March of last year, Simi and I were rewarded for our passion in educating our clients about Austrian wine with a trip to Austrian Wine Country. Neither Simi nor I had ever been there and we were stoked, especially since the organizers asked for our wishlist of producers to visit. I was stunned at how close Austrian wine country was to everything. We drove only an hour northwest of Vienna, weaving through the charming countryside, with vineyards, hills, and historical towns dotting the landscape. On a crisp spring morning, we arrived in the Kamptal, a growing region situated along the Kamp River, a tributary of the Danube River, and it is part of the larger Niederösterreich (Lower Austria) wine region (along with Wachau and Kremstal). Here, we were to taste, to walk, to see, and to understand.

We were at the venerable estate of L. Hiedler (who was on our wishlist!). Ludwig Hiedler, with sons Ludwig Jr. and Dietmar, helm the family-operated winery in Langenlois which, since 1856, has been crafting wines that tell a story of tradition, passion, and a profound connection to the land. We met with Ludwig Jr. who is now steering the ship and continuing a legacy that has garnered accolades and recognition since the late 19th century.

Kamptal is characterized by loess, a fine wind-blown sediment dating back to the ice ages. This dust settles in the hillsides and valleys and makes a perfect partner for Grüner Veltliner. The fruit is hand-harvested from Hiedler’s vineyards with the most loess soils (hence why this bottling is named Löss), then undergoes a gentle press, and the juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks with natural yeasts. It also sees partial spontaneous malolactic fermentation, imparting a broad and unique dimension of texture and depth. The wine is matured for several months on the lees before bottling. A citrusy brightness underscores the Grüner’s vibrancy and nuanced minerality. There is tons of texture while still feeling lightweight and electric! Consider pairing this Grüner Veltliner with grilled shrimp, light salads with citrus-based dressings, or creamy goat cheese. — Cara Patricia