Austria, man! More and more we’re getting our hearts stolen by producers from Burgenland and the Wachau, and this 2015 Feiler-Artinger Neuburger is no exception. The winery was established by Gustav and Karoline Feiler at the turn of the 20th century, and their great-grandchildren are still impressing us with the use of native grape varieties, biodynamic practices, and overall attention to terroir. What more could you ask for?!
This expression is made up of 100% Neuburger which is a cross of Roter Veltliner and Silvaner- so think nutty, caramel, chamomile aromatics with a lot of classic apricot and stone fruit notes. Out of the 44,000 hectares planted to vines in Austria only 550 are Neuburger since it’s subject to rot and rain damage, and where do they have a lot of rain? Ding! Ding! Ding! You guessed it- Austria! Very few wineries go through the trouble of cultivating it so talk about something that’s hard to find! This Neuburger undergoes gaining in toasted barrels as well as malolactic fermentation, and can be aged up to nine years where the flavors get to know each other really well and become even more dazzling.