Nigl Gruner Veltliner Eiswein
A special & addictive dessert wine from Weingut Nigl, tucked deep in the Krems Valley on the edge of the Senftenberg mountain. Martin Nigl creates are as ethereal as the vine lands that they come from. These terroirs of primary rock, or ‘gneiss,’ planted to riesling and grüner veltliner, have much more in common with the Wachau than with the rest of the Kremstal. Martin practices sustainable farming. In the cellar, Nigl works almost exclusively in stainless steel, never de-stems, uses only ambient yeasts, settles musts by gravity only, racks twice and never fines before bottling. The resulting wines are some of the most crystalline, transcendent bottlings in the portfolio. Picked overnight Dec. 14-15 at about 150º Oechsle from entirely clean fruit under nets; the final wine has 9.5 g/l acidity and spent a year in barrel. From a gravelly site, it’s a super-clear quintessence of Gruner in its vetiver-acacia profile.