ABOUT:The Wohlmuth family has been producing wine in Kitzeck since 1803, the highest altitude wine growing village in Austria. And the steepest, some of the slate and schist slopes are dizzying and located between 400 and 600 meters above sea level. Needless to say there is no mechanization and everything is harvested by hand (and scythed!). Tons of effort is put into each vine and the Wohlmuth's are members of many environmentally responsible organizations. No irrigation, herbicides and pesticides are eschewed and the wine making is eco-friendly. The vines are bathed in sunshine and have extraordinary, distinct mineral aromas and flavors that are derived from the balance of ripe fruit along with high altitude, the cool alpine influence and tough slate soils. Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Gelber Muskateller are the grape varieties and some are grown in the oldest single vineyard sites in Austria. These are incredible wines and we feel honored and lucky to have a few bottles to share..
TASTE: The Edelschuh vineyard dates back to 1322 and has been replanted and maintained by the Wohlmuth family for the last 200 years. The Riesling grapes are picked by hand, crushed whole and gently pressed. Fermentation is spontaneous and the wine is aged on its lees for 16 months before bottling. Here is what James Suckling had to say about the 2021 - "Mind-blowing herbal, bergamot and Amalfi-lemon complexity on the nose! The electric acidity sharply focuses the sleek silhouette of this astonishing dry Riesling. Enormous wet-stone minerality at the breathtaking finish. Immense aging potential. Vegan. Sustainable. Drink from release."
PAIR: Enchiladas suiza, deep fried pinto bean burrito from Taco Time, vegetarian Nicoise salad, Panang curry, deep fried peanuts, and Taleggio Agnolotti in Walnut & Thyme Brown Butter Sauce.