Kremstal | Stein

When Urban and Dominique Stagård took over the family estate in 2006, they set straight to reimagining its potential. Their vision had four elements: reclaiming obscure vineyards, reexamining the possibilities of iconic sites, farming based on a close study of soils, and making wine by drawing on knowledge and techniques of the past. Riesling, the variety the Stagårds say “speaks most to us,” is their clear focus though grüner veltliner finds a place in their work as well. Both varieties are grown organically (certified since 2009) on 17 hectares of exceptional sites scattered across the Kremstal and the Wachau.

Stagård 2013 Riesling “Steinzeug”

A steinzeug is a glazed, earthenware cylindrical vessel typically used to ferment beer. Historically, the monks used these because their thick walls enabled ferments to better hold the temperature. Similarly, Urban uses them because they are a reductive environment which never needs temperature control. Urban fills it with the best grapes from all of the top sites and the resulting wine is a treatise on riesling. It is razor sharp, steely and taught with precision, yet it employs density, intricacy and length. Above all, it is juicy and lively.

  • 2013
  • Riesling
  • Kremstal DAC Reserve
  • Austria
  • Kremstal
  • Certified Organic: LACON
  • Kögl, Grillenparz, Gaisberg, Schreck, Steiner Hund
  • South, southeast
  • Blue slate, glimmershiefer, loam, loess
  • 9 months Steinzeug
  • Steinzeug (enamel)
  • 2.6
  • 750 ml

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