Tegernseerhof T26 Grüner Veltliner
Wachau, Niederösterreich, Austria
This wine is made by Martin Mittelbach at his family’s Tegernseerhof winery. The Tegernseerhof family has been making wine in the Wachau since 1176. Needless to say, they know their stuff!
The Tegernseerhof T26 Grüner Veltliner gets it name from Tank 26 – the tank from which it was hand selected during its first vintage. This wine is classified as Federspiel, a measure of potential alcohol used in the Wachau, indicating that the finished dry wine will have an alcohol between 11.5 and 12.5 percent.
Review: The T26 is a pale gold color with aromas of green melon and ripe citrus. The palate is dry with the smallest hint of an oily texture, and is dominated by minerals, yellow apples, and white pepper. The finish is long and deliciously refreshing.
Food Pairing: I enjoyed this wine on pizza night! The acidity was the perfect counterpoint to a pie topped with nutty Fontina and salty prosciutto.
Bottom Line: The balance and brightness in the T26 just can’t be beat.
T26 DÜRNSTEIN GRÜNER VELTLINER FEDERSPIEL The flat lands of the vineyards in Loiben are characterized by very deep sandy soils. This very warm and light soil has low water holding capacity. Through this ever moderate stress situation the roots are encouraged to penetrate into the deepest layers of soil to ensure the water supply of the plant – the age of our 50-year-old vines guarantee this optimum root growth and maturity of the wood. Sandy and gravel soils form a classic, fruity Grüner Veltliner. The reserve substances stored in the old wood are reflected in the subtle minerality of the wine – weather conditions are responsible for fine and elegant fruit flavors.