Birgit Eichinger Riesling Strass 2016

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Tasting Notes
Enticing aromas of meadow flowers, fresh herbs, apricot, and flint.  The palate continues these themes, with more apricot and ripe citrus highlighted by delicate but crisp acidity.  This Riesling has nice weight and roundness, and long mineral-laced finish.
 
Although Austria has over 32,000 vineyard owners, most are part-time vignerons; only about 2,500 of them own more than 5 hectares (12.35 acres) of vines.  Grapes are grown in the eastern part of the country, far from the Alpine skiing area.  There are four major growing regions; with the exception of Vienna, each includes several DACs (Districtus Austria Controllatus, which privileges a wine’s origin rather than its grape).  The Kamptal DAC is located in northeast Austria not far from the Czech border in a large wine region known as Niederösterreich (Lower Austria).  Named after the river Kamp, this 3,900-hectare (9,600 acres) district produces some of the country’s most concentrated Grüner Veltliners as well as fine Rieslings; in fact, these are the only wines allowed to bear the Kamptal name.  As in Germany (and Burgundy), vineyards are ranked by quality, and very few of the best Erster Lage sites have only one owner.
 
Birgit Eichinger inherited 3.5 hectares (~8.6 acres) of vineyards from her parents, and built her own winery in 1992.  She has expanded her holdings to over 9 ha from some of the best sites around the village of Strass, including Heiligenstein (1er Lage), whose volcanic soils provide some of Austria’s finest Riesling; Lamm, directly below Heiligenstein, with volcanic soil mixed with loess, considered the best site in the Kamptal for Grüner; Gaisberg, a free-standing high hill of Urgestein planted to Grüner and above that, Riesling; as well as other sites.  All Eichinger’s vineyards are sustainably farmed.  In addition to making wine, Birgit is one of the founding members of Elf Frauen und ihre Weine (eleven women and their wines), a group of women winemakers that meets regularly to share information and advice on growing grapes and making wine.  They also share their wines and local news.
 
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Brunch Foods, Charcuterie, Cheese, Fish (white), Ham, Hors d'oeuvres, Perfect Aperitif Wine, Pork, Shellfish, Spicy Food, Thai or Vietnamese

Color:
White
Origin:
Austria
Grape Varietal:
100% Riesling
Price:
$20.00 each
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