GRAPES: Grüner Veltliner 100%
PROFILE: Very crisp, savory, a bit on the herby side. This is a cold climate wine- lots of green herbs, white pepper, and radish notes. A great representation of young Gruner-Veltliner, perfect for the summertime.
GRAPE GROWING: Certified organic and Demeter bio-dynamic, these are the first grapes to be harvested usually in mid-August. 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.
WINEMAKING: The Velue grapes are foot-stomped at the winery in an oak open top vat, then left to macerate on the skins for 6-10 hours. Most of the grapes (90%) are spontaneously fermented at 23-25°C inside a steel tank. The wine is then left to mature on the full lees until the end of the following February. It is then racked once a few days before bottling, with sulfites added on the day of bottling. The rest of the wine is made from grapes fermented in qvevri (same juice that goes into Numen) and macerated on their skins for three months.
MORE ABOUT THE WINE: "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.
Pairing: White asparagus, Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Cauliflower steaks, Cabbage dumplings, Pelmeni, Whitefish, Cream cheese, Chicken & dumplings Cuisines: Vegetarian, Vegan, Austrian, American, Russian