Johannes Zillinger took over management of his family's 350 year old Austrian winery in 2013. Already one of the first wineries in his region to convert to organic viticulture, Johannes converted the operation to full biodynamics. His wines are now certified organic and Demeter biodynamic. His commitment to a natural minimalist approach to all farming and winemaking has resulted in extraordinary clean wines, that are true expressions of the grapes they are made from.
Floral, stone-fruit, very elegant. Lots of lime and peach notes in front of a strong, rocky minerality. No TDN notes that normally come from a warmer climate and more photosynthesis, a classic clean Austrian style.
The Velue Riesling is originated from the area Haidthal. The eastern-facing slope of the Haidthal provides ripe aromas and minerals. The grapes are grown on lime sandstone with permanent green cover crops of different types of herbs between the rows. Certified organic and Demeter bio-dynamic. Johannes uses Demeter treatments 500 (horn manure), 501 (horn kiesel mountain crystal) and 507 (herbs and valerian to help with frost and vine relaxation). A small group of local winemakers co-produce the fermented manure 30km from the vineyard. Needless to say, all grapes are manually harvested.
Most of the grapes (95%) are fermented and matured in stainless steel. The rest are destemmed and uncrushed grapes skin fermented in amphoras (same juice that goes into Numen). After a short maceration time the Velue Riesling becomes spontaneously fermented at 23-25°C inside 1000L oak barrels. The wine is racked only a few days before bottling, with sulfites only added on the day of bottling.
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"Velue" is the old name for Velm-Goetzendorf, the village the winery is located in. It is also the name of the old willow trees growing near the river that originally give the village its name.