It has a lifted leafiness, beautiful juiciness wrapped around a gentle acid structure, the tannins are resolved, fruit is plum-laden and there is a leathery. tertiary note, a herbal accent, a whaff of oak smoke and a hint of sea spray. It is utterly delicious.
Concentration of flavour is the focus in the vineyard with spring pruning and green harvesting aiming to lower yields. They harvest at the end of September, depending on the weather.
matured in oak
Verena and Rudy Kiss are the 6th generation of the Kiss (Pronounced GIISCH) family to work the vines BUT first generation to work there full-time.
Rudy used to work for the Austrian government’s tax department. A job that came in surprisingly handy when he was looking for ways to plant some of the mountain slopes that were unsuited to viticulture due to masses of large outcrops of rocks. He knew there were tax breaks and subsidies to get the Austrian army in to clear the site which has now been reclaimed as a vineyard after removing thousands of tons of stone!
They cultivate 10 hectares on the Leitha mountain, 301m tall with a lot of special soil types. Their philosophy is making wines that are low intervention while being close to nature. They practice organic methods but are not organic certified. Their vineyards are influenced by Lake Neusiedl and the Pannonian climate.
All of their red wines are from old vines which are worked 100% by hand.