Site & Soil
Prellenkirchen is the name of village at the foot of the Spitzerberg hill, where our white grapes are growing. Hence the name of the wine. It is mostly Grüner Veltliner, harvested from vines with more than 30 years of age. About 10 % is Riesling, grown on vines that are more than 70 years old.
Harvest & vinification
We pressed the grapes very softly and fermented the juice with wild yeasts, as always. The wine stayed in a large old wooden vat for 17 monthes and was bottled in march 2019. The aromas of this Cuvée are clearly marked by limestone: very clear and precise. There is some touch of white peach and tearoses. On the palate the wine is constantly well textured, clear, precice, with a beautiful mineral structure, and limestone-character until the finish. The wine likes to be served with salty dishes such as fresh oysters, sauted scalops, proscuito or dishes with alici.
2017 was an extremely hot and dry summer that brought the vines to the edge of their viability.
In August, the young plants in particular had to have many clusters removed in order to relieve
stress upon the vines. It was not until September that a bit of rainfall arrived, which slowed
down the maturing process a bit and thus ensured a satisfying development of the aromatic
Foot stomped, naturally fermented with three days of skin contact, the wine is aged for 12 months in traditional, large wooden casks without any sulphur additions until bottling. The result is an absolutely cracking white; textural, spicy and complex with lots of citrus fruit, ground herbs and some exotic fruit notes too. There is also delicate, nutty, time-on-lees notes and some good grip across the palate. Overall a wonderfully bright, super clean and exciting white that you simply must try.
Falstaff Magazine: 90 points