From a geological point of view the Zöbinger Heiligenstein is not only the oldest but probably also the most interesting site of our estate. About 20 % of our Heiligenstein vineyards are trained in a Lyra trellis system. The vine bifurcates in a way that the branches seem to reach to the heavens like sun-worshippers. This method doubles canopy exposure and favors aeration which improves photosynthesis and prevents dreaded fungus diseases.
Vineyard (=Ried): Zöbinger Heiligenstein
Size: 36.7 ha
Elevation: 230 – 345 m
Inclination: 13 °
Orientation: South to South-West
Soil: The outcropping bedrock consists of a reddish-brown sandstone with a high feldspar content, coarse conglomerates, and minor siltstone. These sediments formed approximately 250 - 280 million years ago under arid conditions, in lakes, ponds, and ephemeral rivers. The rocks contain fossilized plants and gravels with clasts of volcanic rhyolites. Loess is only preserved in a few locations, within shallow depressions.
Grape variety: Riesling
Harvest yield: 2,500 l / ha
Alcohol content: 13%
Bottle closure type: Natural cork
Maturation: We ferment the must in stainless steel at a temperature of 15 to 20° Celsius. After fermentation the wine was partly racked into big wooden casks (2.500 liters) to mature for a short period on the fine yeast.
Food pairing recommendation: Austrian cuisine, well-seasoned fish and white meat, Asian dishes, duck, exotic cuisine etc.
95+p Robert Parker / The Wine Advocate (03/2020)
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