Grüner growing in the Ried Sauberg vineyard, on complex soils of calcareous conglomerate, marl lime and gravel. Harvested at the end of October when the grapes are perfectly ripe. A 15 hour maceration is followed by pressing without stems. Unusually Ingrid ages this wine in oak – 11 months in Austrian barrels, always well used so that they don’t flavour the wine, but help its texture to develop. Bottled with a wax seal. There’s a wonderful array of ripe citrus fruit, even a touch of mango here, while the palate marries ripe fruit with crisp acidity and a spine of minerality. Drinking well, with potential to develop further.
About the Domaine
Ingrid is a force of nature, utterly focussed on her vineyards. Originally set for a corporate career, she decided to follow her winemaking roots. She farms organically and believes that only by respecting the whole environment of the vineyard can one produce the highest quality fruit. Her wines are testament to this holistic approach.
Having worked her way up the corporate ladder with Coca-Cola, Ingrid decided a change was needed, she followed her heart and returned to the family winery. Given the drastic change in lifestyle, it is perhaps no surprise that Ingrid wanted to make wine as naturally as possible. She was convinced that her vineyards had to be seen as complete eco-systems, and that only by nurturing all of the flora and fauna they contained they produce the finest quality of fruit. Her vines grow amongst grasses and wildflowers, and the hum of insect life is busy between the rows. Her domaine is certified organic and she follows many biodynamic principles.
“Observing and identifying the needs of the vine is the main focus of a winemaker. Only a vibrant and vital wine garden with loose, airy soil and a balanced and reasonable level of production will guarantee high quality wine.”
In the winery she uses only natural yeasts and allows fermentations to happen spontaneously. She uses a little skin contact before a gentle pressing without stems. Most of her wines are made using stainless steel, she’s no luddite, and isn’t afraid to use technology when the effects are beneficial. She ages her wines with their full lees, the better to retain their unique character and give them maximum nourishment.
Having worked with Ingrid in the past it is an absolute pleasure to list her wines again. Fresh, pure, bursting with energy and life, they are simply fantastic wines which give huge pleasure.