Achleiten is a legendary vineyard in the Wachau village of Weissenkirchen. It’s famous for wines with an inimitable mineral character. Dry stone walls dating back to the 12th century, which mount the steep slopes with their silicate-rich soil, dominate this vineyard’s landscape. In the upper terraces, gneiss is the prevailing subsoil, the lower terraces are dominated by dark, schistous amphibolites.
Grüner Veltliner from Achleiten is characterised by low yields (5.5 tonnes/ha) due to the meagre, primary-rock soils. After multiple, precise selections in the vineyards the grapes for this wine were hand-picked at the end of October. After a few hours' maceration, the grapes were pressed gently. After temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine was matured in stainless steel followed by some time in big, old oak casks. Late bottled in June 2016, the long contact with fine lees providing greater finesse and nuance.
Bright golden yellow with shimmering reflections; expressive on the nose with intense floral notes, white peach, fresh herbs and spices, white pepper and a dark and smoky minerality; the body is juicy and concentrated; a delicate density of extract and well balanced due to its refreshing acidity; tantalising vibrancy; long mineral and spicy finish.