Spotlight on terroir performance: Kellerberg
Rising steeply directly behind the Kellerschlössel (Domäne’s Baroque Cellar Palace), the Kellerberg vineyard is a viticultural jewel. What makes its Riesling and Grüner Veltliner so special?
Like the Loibenberg and the Achleiten, the Kellerberg Vineyard has a foundation of pure Gfoehler gneiss (comprised 90% of feldspar and quartz) and weathered slate. But its southeast facing aspect provides the vineyard with a somewhat cooler microclimate and lends the Kellerberg wines an inimitable character that combines the pronounced mineral character and acid spine of the Achleiten with the exotic spice and full body of the Loibenberg.
Vines of up to 50-years in age drive their roots deep into the fractured, weathered rock terraces. Like the site, the Kellerberg wines are well structured providing a solid frame for fascinating aroma development throughout extended bottle maturation. Patient wine lovers reap years of enjoyment from Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Kellerberg and Riesling Smaragd Kellerberg. Even in their youth, the Kellerberg wines never fail to impress the pundits. This year, Gault Millau counted our 2011 Kellerberg Riesling Smaragd among the top 10 Austrian white wines.