Spiegel, meaning ?mirror,? are typically hilltop sites in Austria and were lookout posts for attack. This Spiegel is pure loess soil giving a straightforward Grüner Veltliner that is ?easier to understand?, Fred says. Thanks to the deep, well-drained soils, the vines have formed deeply penetrating root systems, thus overcoming even long periods of draught without damage. This site is ideal for growing Gru¨ner Veltliner.
The ripe, crisp grapes were harvested in early November. In order to retain as much terroir in the wine as possible, the must did not undergo fining, but was put directly into traditional oak barrels. There, it was fermented with natural yeasts from the vineyard. The wine was then racked and aged on the lees until bottling.
Ripe apple and pear fruit aromas are complicated by tobacco and freshly crushed green peppercorn. Full-bodied and creamy, with smooth sweet apple fruit wrapped around a firm spine of acidity. Intense peppered green mango persists impressively on the finish.
Pair with bay scallop risotto with herbs, white asparagus with cream sauce and wiener schnitzel, or veal in a pepper sauce.