Velue 2.0 Riesling 2021750ml
Johannnes Zillinger’s Velue line, named after both the old name of his village, Velm-Goetzendorf, and for the local willow trees, has been re-booted for the 2021 vintage, with more old vines fruit from top estate vineyards. This Riesling hails from 10-40 year old vines grown on loess and lime-sandstone soils from the Steinthal and Hohes Eck vineyards, with hilltop, eastern slope, and southern slope exposures. The result is a delicious and savory white featuring yellow stone fruits, herbs, and a salty mineral note. Super refreshing and complex, this wine is a winner with just about anything.
Johannes Zillinger learned early on from his father about the craft of organic winemaking, about viewing the vineyard as a habitat and protecting the environment instead of poisoning it. His father Hans turned to organic viticulture in 1983, two years before the Anti-freeze Scandal, and was one of its pioneers in Austria. When Johannes took over the winery and made it his own in 2013, he took it even further and became biodynamic, starting a new chapter for the 350-year-old winery. He even grows his own herbs for tea tinctures to use as treatments in his vineyards!
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