Neumayer Zwirch Gruner Veltliner 2008, 750 mlfrom Ludwig Neumayer (View all)
Luscious and snappy featuring a fetching herbal overlay, celebrates the citric side of Veltliner, combining on the finish with a strong expression of chalky minerality which grips the tongue.
|Bottle size (ml)||750 ml|
|Cellar potential||Ready now but will improve for 7 - 10 years|
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Ludwig Neumayer won Falstaff Magazine’s Grand Prix for Grüner Veltliner with his 2006 GV Zwirch.
This latest in a long list of accolades for the quiet and shy man who was chosen Vintner of the Year in 1996 follows his 2001 selection to the Traditionsweingüter Österreich—a short list of some 24 estates who set the tone and call the tune.
His corner of the Traisental—as of 1996 Austria’s newest official growing region—finds itself in a narrow transitional zone between the primary rock (Urgestein, Granulit) of the Wachau and the deeper alluvial soils of Wagram.
Ludwig’s little terraces are planted in lean and oftentimes limestony conglomerate soils—this variety of terroirs invites the production of very finely nuanced wines, and contributes to the remarkable accomplishment of Neumayer, who manages to put a healthy assortment of different grape varieties into the bottle with dazzling success.
The common thread running through the production, like a fine vein of ore, expresses itself in the radiant aromiticity, crystal-clarity and unerringly precise varietal typicity of the wines—even the grandest and most majestic of his Wein vom Stein cuvées exhibit a noteworthy eloquence of expression and exquisite breeding.
GV, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay—and then there’s his little grapevine museum, the sixty year-old Gemischter Satz that forms the basis for his Cuvée vom Stein.
Traisental, named for the Traisen river that runs through its valley into the Danube, became in 1995 the most recently created growing district in Austria.
It claims pride of place as the region with the highest percentage of Grüner Veltliner planted.
Grapevines are typically planted on small terraces of earth that is commonly comprised of limestony or gravelly soils, depending on the individual village.
Although the days are long and warm, cool nighttime temperatures extend the growing season beyond what one would imagine.
This contributes to wines that not only offer plenty to chew upon, but also show excellent backbone and laudable finesse.
The town Traismauer offers ancient Roman architecture and excavations among its highlights, while Bronze-Age specimens provide evidence of nearly three millenia of wine-culture in the area.