SpecialitiesIt was not solely our decision to make three wine specialities but rather a combination of several aspects that concerned the soil, the vines and above all feedback from dear friends. All three wines diverge from the norm and impress with a very distinct character.
Von den Terrassen 1958
Planted in 1958 Strasser Wechselberg is our oldest vineyard delivering the grapes of this field blend made of Neuburger, Grüner Veltliner and Riesling grapes grown on small terraces. It is the interplay between old vines, the vineyard's unique soil conditions and the three grape varienties that make this wine stand out against all others and is therefore one of our most precious wines. Do you know what terroir is all about? Von den Terrassen 1958 may be of great help to find out.
There is no doubt that Grüner Veltliner is an extraordinary grape variety with an incredible aging potential as proven by so many wines. Grenzenlos unites the great characteristics of the grape variety and the special features of the grapes' origin - a vineyard on the Strasser Wechselberg planted in 1959 on clayey soil with gravel and lime. This wine showed its full potential after five years of sur-lie maturation in stainless steel. It then had another half year of rest in the bottle before the first wine lovers were able to enjoy this outstanding wine. Grenzenlos brings out elegance and depth rather than power and force; a prototype of Grüner Veltliner that conveys both typicality of the grape variety and the special features of its origin. So why is it called Grenzenlos, you may wonder? Well, due to several reasons. First of all, we like the term as such as it means no limits and describes what we are aiming at in our endeavor to make wines. Secondly, the world of wines has no limits either. And thirdly, we find that Grüner Veltliner is a grape variety that has no limits.
The German word unfassbar has a double meaning: 1: something can't be out into barrel or 2: something is inexplicable. But more to that later... Zweigelt is Austria's most important red grape variety, which has mainly served for good but in no way outstanding red wines. During my work experience in the Piemont region in Italy I realized that it was worth trying to take a different path. In 2003, back in Austria, we started to select our best Zweigelt grapes, vinify them with great care that brought out all extracts and let them mature slowly in French oak barrels. This rather unusual treatment has given our Zweigelt unfassbar the opportunity to show different angles of tis character. Well, but this still leaves the question why unfassbar? Because a wine lover once tasted this wine and said it is inexplicably that Zweigelt may taste so good.