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Weingut Wess Grüner Veltliner, Kremstal 2023

3.000000000 star rating 3 Reviews
Christina Wess is one of the most talented young winemakers in Europe, and is taking the quality of this small estate up a notch. The 2023 vintage is the first which shows evidence of her vision coming to fruition. It was a vintage with just about everything in the right measure; not quite as opulent as 2019 or 2021 and not as lean as 2020. So, a Goldilocks year that produced wines with a marked but delicate hint of spice on the finish. This wine shows peach and apricot, with a saline minerality and pithy citrus character; at once complex and charming. Quantities are small and the focus is totally on quality here, making this wine one which significantly overdelivers at the price, and makes a good-value alternative to village level white Burgundy.
Price: £11.50 Bottle
Price: £138.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: AA4591

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • Gruner Veltliner
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2028
  • 12% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Screwcap

Weingut Wess

Rainer Wess initially studied oenology at Klosterneuburg in the 1980s, and then went to work in various vineyards in Bordeaux. He moved back to Austria in the late 1990s and fell in love with the vineyards of the Wachau and Kremstal, finally purchasing vineyards of his own in 2003.

He purchased 10ha of vineyards in both Kremstal and Wachau. From the outset the focus was on riesling and grüner veltliner, and carefully trying to match these varieties with the perfect plots within vineyards so that the wines might express great terroir. The vines are farmed very carefully with little if any chemicals used, and at harvest the grapes are hand picked. Today, his brilliant winemaker daughter Christina and son-in-law David have taken over the rains from Rainer and continue to bring the terroir into the bottle in as unadulterated and as pure a form as possible.

The winery is housed in a monastery’s ancient cellar right in the middle of the famed Sandgrube vineyard in Krems. Rainer added a new gravity-flow grape-reception facility to the old building in order to ensure that grapes were processed in the gentlest way possible, without pumps. The juice and wine is carefully handled without any oak, which enhances the purity they seek.

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