Birgit Eichinger, Ried "Wechselberg", Grüner Veltliner


A spectacular single-vineyard wine from the town of Strass in the Kamptal, this is bight, engaging, ripe, intense and complex, showing power and elegance in perfect crystalline balance. Flavours of culinary spices, asparagus, spearmint and white pepper and ripe stone-fruits that lead to the palate that has a delightful crisp, clean entry with a developing breadth of smooth texture, showing subtle minerality with smoky notes and a delicious mouth-watering finish.

Made by Birgit Eichinger from grapes grown in a single vineyard called Wechselberg, which is on the slope of a mountain at the edge of the town of Strass, called... Wechselberg.

The vineyard is on the eastern slope and faces south, getting more of the sun than other vineyards in the area, which, together with the drainage and minerality in the soils, gives it such richness and complexity.

It is a brilliant wine, made by a brilliant, multi-award-winning wine maker, Birgit Eichinger. Stylistically as clear as a bell and as bright as a button, her wines are a supreme example of the balance between nature and humankind. Grown and harvested in the most unobtrusive of manners, the grapes are made into wines with a similar, hands-off approach.

However! One has to handle the process at some stages, otherwise you'd end up with an unstable mess. The point of clarity here is that because the Kamptal has vineyards that are often shared among the top wineries (Birgit has parcels of vines next to Michael Moosbruger from Schloss Gobelsburg in Lamm, Gaisberg and Grub, for example), the differences in the final wines can appear to be vast.

So what's she doing differently?

It's a really small decision but one that has a huge affect on all of her wines: once the grapes are crushed and pressed, the juice has to settle in a tank before it is run-off to the fermentation vessels. That's all normal. What happens in the settling stage is that the heavy matter from the juice falls to the bottom of the tank and is separated from the rest of the juice (called 'must' in wine making terms). Again, all normal. What Birgit does is to spend up to a few hours longer than anyone else at this stage, ensuring that the must that goes to ferment is super-super-clean. However! There is oxygen in the air and this extra time in the tank can lead to the must oxidising, which turns it brown. What to do? Birgit knows... and the wine, after ferment, spends four months in its fine lees (the good bits of the grapes skins that don't fall to the bottom of the settling tank) and these suck out the brown colouring in the wine, therefore making it Vanish-Oxy-Action-white, clean and pure, but also stable and textured. It's all science, but just in balance, and a different balance to the wines of her neighbours. We think it's fascinating, in case you hadn't figured that out...

Grüner Veltliner is a brilliant grape variety that seems to be the perfect food matching wine. Textural and semi-aromatic, it often has flavours that are on the culinary spectrum, such as tarragon, sage, oregano and, most typically, white pepper. There are very classic Grüner Veltliners that sometimes present complex aromas as though they have been macerated with a bouquet garni...

Region: Wachau

Country: Austria

Grape(s): Grüner Veltliner

Style: Vibrant, Structured, Smooth, Refined, Pure, Mineral, Medium Bodied, Iconic, Herbaceous, Fruity, Fresh, Fleshy, Engaging, Elegant, Crisp, Complex, Bright, Balanced

Best food matches: Tuna, Trout, Sushi, St Stephen's Day, Squid, Soft Cheeses, Shellfish, Seafood, Scallops, Salads, Poultry, Pork, Oysters, Mature Cheeses, Lobster, Lamb, Hard Cheeses, Grilled Vegetables, Goat's Cheese, Fine Dining, Christmas Dinner, Cheeses, Charcuterie, Baked Fish, Asparagus, Aperitif

Alcohol: 12.5%

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Hi, I'm Chris Gifford.

And you're very welcome to The Allotment Wine Co.

When you wine from me, you're supporting a small Irish business which in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers, as well as other small, dedicated Irish wine importers.

When selecting wines, I look for partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.