- Tasting Notes & Technical Details
Fritz Wieninger is considered a pioneer of the ‘New Vienna’ wine movement, combining a sense of modernity and progress with the traditions of the region and of his family, who have been making wine for over 100 years.
Weingut Wieninger is comprised of 50 hectares of biodynamically-grown vines on two main sites: Bisamberg (35 hectares) and the smaller Nussberg (15 hectares), separated by the Danube river. Drier and sunnier Bisamberg is characterised by light, sandy loess soil which makes for fresh wines with a vibrant acidity. In contrast, Nussberg has shell and limestone soils with a high clay content, giving wines greater richness and deeper fruit aromas.
Best enjoyed young and fresh, the Riesling has notes of peach with hints of mango and pineapple. The lively palate shows good complexity with flavours of sweet stone fruits. The Pinot Noir Select has ripe cherry aromas complemented by delicate spice notes. The palate expresses a bright acidity and soft tannins. Wieninger also makes a traditional Viennese white – Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC – from its separate sites, that include historically the most precious vineyard in the Vienna region: the Rosengartl. This unique style is a field blend of varieties which are grown, picked and fermented together, showing the individual characteristics of each vineyard rather than of a specific variety. Fritz’s blends contain Weissburgunder, Neuburger, Welschriesling, Grüner Veltliner, Sylvaner, Zierfandler, Rotgipfler, Traminer and Riesling. “I try to use the numerous facets of my grape material,” says Fritz, “to be able to show the differences in site and vintage and to get the character of the vineyard into the bottle – this is my greatest challenge.”
The grapes for this wine come from the Rosengartl vineyard, situated on a south-facing slope in the middle of Nussberg. This vineyard has been cultivated according to biodynamic guidelines since 2008 and was officially certified for the first time with the 2011 vintage. The soil consists of calcareous limestone, with a moderate clay content. The Rosengartl is historically the most precious in the Vienna region. The wines were among the most sought after in the days of the Habsburg empire. This reputation has stood the test of time and Rosengartl remains in high demand because of its complexity and distinctive sense of place.
The 2019 growing season began with a mild winter and spring with below average rainfall. Flowering occurred a little earlier than usual. This was followed by an extremely warm and dry summer, scattered with regular rainfall, which replenished the soils and helped to moderate the heat. Due to the favourable conditions during the crucial ripening stages, harvest began in the second week of September. The quality of the fruit was excellent and wonderfully aromatic.
The five different grape varieties were all meticulously hand picked and processed together, ensuring that any grapes affected by botrytis were removed. A four-hour maceration on the skins was followed by a gentle pressing with a pneumatic wine press. The juice was fermented with indigenous yeasts in cool steel tanks to preserve freshness and acidity. After a few months of maturing on fine lees, the wine was bottled in July 2020.
A bright and full-bodied field blend with complex aromas of honey, ripe peach and herbs on the nose. On the palate, it has a unique aroma profile with a touch of tropical fruits, balanced by a tangy acidity, a grippy structure and a salty-mineral finish.