2012 Petra Unger Q Gruner Veltliner

"The Petra Unger estate is situated in the village of Furth in the Kremstal wine region, on the southern bank of the Danube River. It lies directly below the massive, famed abbey of Gottweig, founded in 1083, which dominates the mountaintop to this day. The region is home to Austria's finest white wines, due to a marvelous climate with long, warm days and cool nights. The soils range from pure loess --a chalky loam and silt with good capacity for storing humidity and warmth-- to large natural terraces combining gravel deposits from crumbling glaciers at the end of the ice age with loess. Gruner Veltliner thrives in these soils, which impart a juicy, spicy, and accessible quality to the wines. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at low, controlled temperatures with natural yeast, so the fermentations start spontaneously. Petra adheres to the principle that 'great wines are born in the vineyards' and seeks the maximum of individual expression from the vineyard sites." - Importer [+]