Bernhard pioneered organic and biodynamic winemaking in Austria after a trip to the Domaine Romanee Conti in Burgundy, where Aubert de Villaine was making the world’s greatest wines with biodynamics. Upon his return to Austria he and fellow winemakers Johannes Hirsch and Fred Loimer established respekt-BIODYN, a community oriented group of biodynamic farmers committed to helping each other and the earth through biodynamics.He even goes as far to make his own compost, a task most growers avoid, but which makes Bernhard giddy as a school boy when showing off his tarp covered piles. Composting may sound like a bunch of shit to some, but his heaping use of the stuff has enabled enough water retention that he doesn’t need to irrigate, even in these record breaking hot recent vintages.Even though he’s been in charge of his 5th generation estate since 1993 (at the age of 21), he has never stopped experimenting, whether with vessels, stem and skin contact, farming techniques or different grapes. His ultimate goal has always been to prove that his single vineyards: Rosenberg and Spiegel were capable of producing world class, long lived wines.Grüner Veltliner soars to new heights in his capable hands and even his first three tiers Am Berg, Fass 4 and Der Ott are some of the best values in Austria.
What importer Skurnik Wines has to say about this wine...
Grape: Grüner VeltlinerAppellation: Kamptal DACVineyard: SteinSoil: Gföhler gneiss at the bottom, red sands, white sands, a layer of chalk and a little loess on topProduction: Stainless steel Short maceration on the press, fermented in stainless steel and left on the lees until bottling in the late Summer.Farming: Respekt certified biodyamicClassification: 1 ÖTW (Erste Lage, equivalent to Premier Cru)SteinStein is actually a vineyard that Bernhard farms that’s in the Kamptal, specifically the village of Engabrunn. Bernhard’s village of Feuresbrunn is right on the border of Kamptal and the Wagram and Bernhard has roots in these Engelbrunn vineyards going back to his Great Grandfather who started farming these sites in 1889 . Stein means stone and as the name would suggest, this vineyard is loess with a lot of gneiss. It might remind you more of the wines from Renner than the heavy loess wines from Rosenberg, which recall the Lamm more than any other site. Long maceration here in the press prior to natural fermentation in steel. 100% estate fruit, Respekt certified Biodynamic.