Gsellmann Welschriesling 2018
This young grower, whose family has been making wine since 1800, farms twenty-one hectares of vineyards in Gols (where wine has been made for two thousand years, and was part of Hungary till 1921) in the Pannonian basin with its hot, dry summers and lengthy ripening season.
The nearby Lake Neusiedl moderating the climate throughout the year, and strong winds aerating the vineyards. The gravelly soils were created from deposits from the receding Pannonian sea, and offer excellent drainage. Since 2010, Andreas has farmed biodynamically and is a member of Respekt, a group of “young, dynamic and non- dogmatic” winemakers in Austria, Germany and Hungary.
Andreas' Welschriesling comes from a vineyard in Salzberg, right on the slope of the Golser Wagram. The soil is typically sandy, with scattered loam and limestone. Pressed straight into used 500-litre oak barrels for natural fermentation. The wine you get is crisp and fruity, lively flavours of green apples and hints of pepper. Really juicy, long and joyous!