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 Steiner Hund Riesling

Stagård’s iteration of this site is much less dominant than Nikolaihof’s, but no less complex. Instead of oxidation to balance the intensity of the site, Urban preserves the freshness with spontaneous fermentation in steel. The result is a yin-yang riesling possessing intensity and elegance, depth and lift, concentration and utter drinkability.

  • 2013
  • Riesling
  • Kremstal DAC Reserve
  • Austria
  • Kremstal
  • Certified Organic: LACON
  • Steiner Hund
  • South
  • Loess, loam, conglomerate
  • 9 months stainless
  • Stainless steel
  • 36 hours mash time, spontaneous fermented with grapes
  • 6.9
  • 750 ml

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