“The 2018 Syrah is pure, fresh and smoky on the deep and concentrated yet elegant nose. Damned fascinating! On the palate, this is a silky textured, refined, and elegant, juicy and persistent red with intense and juicy fruit, very fine tannins and great balance. Very, very long. This is one of—if not the—finest Syrah I have ever tasted from limestone soils. It's the best buy in 2018.“, Robert Parker WA - Stephan Reinhardt.
Site & soil
Syrah grows on Spitzerberg, in the Roterd and Spitzer vineyards, both on the southern slope of the mountain. Soil consists of very dry limestone that can hardly withstand the low rainfall. The Syrah, which only develops its aroma and varietal characteristics late in autumn, enjoys the dry summer and the long autumn on the Spitzerberg. It shows its best side when it is only harvested from the beginning to the middle of October. Thanks to the barren limestone soil, the Syrah always retains a precise, clear structure and never becomes too lush or baroque even in very hot years.
Harvest & vinification
The grapes are picked by hand and any overripe berries are carefully removed. In the cellar, the grapes are lightly squeezed and partly macerated with stems in open fermentation vats. The spontaneous fermentation takes place very slowly and at room temperature. After about 20 days, the wine is pressed and then matures in used 500-liter oak barrels for about 20 months. During this time, the wine is removed only once and bottled without filtration. Production is 3.800 bottles.
2018 was a year of extremes: very fast flowering, then a cooler period with some rains until end of June. Followed by a very dry and very hot summer. We had to cut off grapes from young vines to prevent them from dying. The old vines with their deep roots, though, were less impressed by the heat. Begin of September, just before harvest, we had big rains which – in the end – were beneficial, as they reduced the stress and helped to soften the tannins. The result is a beautiful complex and dense wine yet refreshing and light footed.
Druesort: 100% Syrah
Indhold: 75 cl.
One can perhaps picture the Spitzerberg as a reef, with the primeval ocean breaking upon its rocks for millions of years. Because of this, the Spitzerberg is covered with a thick layer of limestone, which comes from the ‘middle ages’ of geology. The sandy ground retains little in the way of water, and the mount – some 300 meters in elevation – always lies open to strong winds and high temperatures; there is no mistaking the expressive nature of grapes grown on the Spitzerberg. The extreme conditions yield marvelously aromatic wines with complexity and depth, finely woven filigreed texture and a refreshing framework of acidity.
The Spitzerberg is an approximately 5km-long & 300-metre-high limestone bar in easternmost Carnuntum. It is situated, extremely exposed to the wind, between the Alps (Leitha Range) and the Carpathians (Hainburg Hills). Thanks to the constantly breaking surf of the primeval sea that once covered the area, a thick layer of limestone was deposited on the hillside, which eroded over time to the size of grains of sand. Rainfall on the Spitzerberg amounts to only about 400mm per year, and the summer temperatures often reach 35–40°C. The sandy limestone soil can only store precious little water. This leads to very low yields at harvest, a maximum of 3000kg of grapes per hectare.