Stift Goettweig Grüner Veltliner Messwein 2015
High in the hills across the Danube River between Krems and Dürnstein stands one of the most amazing buildings you will ever see. Home to winemaking activity since 1094, fabulous vineyard holdings and none other than Fritz Miesbauer in charge of vinous ventures.
Fritz Miesbauer built a stellar reputation for himself at Domäne Wachau (formerly known as Freie Weingärtner Wachau), which he turned into one of the world's finest cooperative wineries. Since 2003, he and his progressive team have been taking Weingut Stadt Krems to a new level. In addition, Fritz also runs the vineyards owned by the monastery at Stift Göttweig, with excellent support from cellarmaster Leopold Figl and Franz-Josef Gansberger. Fritz is a leader and visionary, adept at motivating his team into delivering the best from these world-class vineyards.
The Göttweiger Messwein, or Altar wine, has been an institution in this Benedictine monastery for centuries. Grüner Veltliner and Rosé (from Pinot Noir) are vinified as light, dry wines. From the nature-friendly cultivation of the vineyards to the care and processing of the grapes and wine, the "Reinheitsgebot", or purity law, of the church must be obeyed. Messwein cannot be produced without the permission of the bishop, and it must be only natural and unaltered.
With 11.5 % alcohol (this may vary, depending on the vintage) Messweine is the lightest wine – very easy and drinkable.
Dry, fruity and light with classic – though subtle – Veltliner spice. Animated on the nose; multilayered with notes of citrus fruit, red apple and rosewood. Fresh and elegant on the palate; expressive, with good length.