2019 Geyerhof Grüner Veltliner 'Rosensteig'
400 Years in wine. Ilse Maier’s mother’s family has lived in the hilltop village of Oberfucha since the 16th century where the family began in agriculture and brickworks. In the 17th century, Maria Theresia, archduchess of Austria, granted the property owner, whose name was Geyer, a concession to transport wine on the Danube in trade with Hungary and other regions along the river. The ship on the wine label refers to this trade. Geyerhof organically farms roughly 20 hectares located on the hillsides around the winery. Promotion of beneficial species, sowing of nitrogen-absorbing plants, use of compost and rock flour for plant nutrition, and abstaining from the use of all pesticides, insecticides, botrytis and weed control substances as well as soluble mineral fertilizer are all standard practices. Fruit is handpicked and strictly sorted in the vineyard. Healthy clusters are pressed whole, and the must is intentionally oxidized in the press tray resulting in deeper flavors and greater age-ability. Wines are fermented and aged in 3,000 liter temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The soil is a mixture of gravel and sand. Grapes are hand picked, whole cluster pressed, then aged on the less until February. Stainless steel fermentation leads to a bright, expressive interpretation of single-vineyard Grüner. Meyer lemon, white blossoms, savory herbs, and wet stone leap out of the glass accented by white peach and wet rocks. The finish is all lime peel, lemon blossoms, and apricot-peach stoniness.