Geyerhof Ried Johannisberg Riesling 2020

Type: White
Country: Austria
Region: Kremstal
Grape Variety: 100% Riesling
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Viticulture: Biodynamic | Certified Organic | Vegan Friendly | Natural Wine

Climate: Continental climate characterised by cold winters, hot dry summers, and often a large diurnal temperature flux with hot days, and cold nights
Terroir: Old Riesling vines are rooted deeply into the 15 million-year-old sandy calcareous conglomerate rock of this site located close to Hollenburg. As can be expected from the soil, the age and the site, the wines produced here are unbelievably juicy, individual and exotic, with beautiful round fruit and extraordinary cellaring potential
Ageing: Hand-harvested at the end of October in small boxes, whole bunch pressing, slow fermentation in stainless steel tanks, storage on the full lees until the end of February

Color: Pale gold
Nose: Fresh notes of lemon and citrus zest dance on the nose
Palate: Due to the soil, the high age of the vines, strongly reduced yields and the vineyard profile, this wine is characterized by its complexity, a fresh acidity structure with an extraordinary minerality and density. Exotic notes and a lively fruit fusion bring a nice drinking pleasure. 50 – 70 years old vines. Great ageing potential.

About the Winery: The history of the old estate began almost 800 years ago, in the little village of Oberfucha in Kremstal, Lower Austria. Here, winemaking has been part of the family’s life for more than 14 generations, an occupation deeply rooted in the landscape. Today, as well as in the past, arable land, hedgerows, cattle, pigs, chickens and bees complete their idea of holistic farming. Vineyards cover 19 hectares in Kremstal with plots in Gaisberg, Golberg, Hoher Rain, Johannisberg, Kirchensteig, Sprinzenberg and Steinleithn. The winery strongly advocates diversity over of monoculture, with the belief that their vines are a smaller part of a larger whole.

The Geyerhof team spends over 5000 hours pruning, trellising and working on the rootstocks and canopies each year. They only hand-harvest with an emphasis on organic viticulture. Only by giving nature a place in and around the vineyard, are they able to receive back the best nature has to offer.  Over 13% of their land consist of hedges and nature conservation areas. Diverse cover crops with numerous wild herbs offer an additional habitat for a multitude of useful insects in our vineyards. The ecological interplay renders the use of insecticides unnecessary, reinforces the resilience of the vines and promotes healthy soil life.

In the cellar, Geyerhof’s main goal is to safeguard the level of quality created in the vineyard and to maintain the individuality of the wines through a purposeful “low-intervention” approach. Staying well clear of “magical” enzymes, fining agents and specially cultured yeasts, they try to make do with the absolute minimum of interventions and technology. The hygienic advantages of modern cellar technology in the form of stainless steel tanks, steam cleaners and renewable energy from solar panels are of course part of the winery’s modern approach – giving birth to wines with individuality and longevity.