Gritsch Klaus Grüner Veltliner Federspiel, 2014

Variety:  Grüner Veltliner

Grüner Veltliner grown on the black garnet, amphibolite terraced Klaus vineyard, which lies on the border of the village of Weissenkirchen east of Spitz. While Klaus is more famous for its Riesling, in this vintage, it gave Franz-Josef perfect Federspiel ripeness in his Grüner. There are elements of white pepper, orchard fruit and apples along with a crystal clear minerality. While 2014 will go down as a difficult vintage, where ripeness was tough to achieve if you moved to quickly and sorting was critical to avoid botrytis for those who waited, what I love about them is the resulting energy. An energy imparted from healthy acidity that lends exceptional racy character not always found as you move up the hierarchy in the Wachau. Harvest by hand on October 24th. Fermented with natural yeasts in stainless steel tank. No chaptalization.  Drink over the next three to five. I like this wine with brats, sausages, schnitzel and all the like. It works as an aperitif as well.