- 100% Grüner Veltliner
One of the oldest winery in Austria, Schloss Gobelsburg has some 35 hectares in historical vineyard sites around the castle. Every site has its specialties and particularities with different soil and micro-climatic conditions. From the sun-exposed terraces on Zöbinger Heiligenstein and the Gaisberg Mountain to the extensive garden facilities around Gobelsburg castle, the vines are subjected to a wide range of conditions. In accordance with their respective potential, the best possible development conditions are established for every grape variety.
At Schloss Gobelsburg, ecological winegrowing is not just simply en vogue at the moment. The monks of the Zwettl Monastery, who had managed the winery themselves until 1995, used organic fertiliser, abstained from employing herbicides, and endeavoured to reduce the use of plant protectants.
The most important grape varieties are Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. Over the centuries, these varieties have proven to be the most suitable for the surrounding soil structures. The Riesling feels at home on the meagre and stony terraces of Heiligenstein and Gaisberg Mountain, Grüner Veltliner brings its best at Steinsetz, Renner, Grub and Lamm. Red wine has also enjoyed a very long tradition at Gobelsburg Castle: the abbots of all Cistercian monasteries meet once a year in Burgundy (origin of the religious order). In this way, the monks were continuously in contact with winegrowing in Burgundy.
"From a Gobelsburg plateau clutered with pebbles big as a fist, the 2013 Grüner Veltliner Steinsetz is a clear and aromatic classic of the variety with tobacco leafs, peas, apples, white pepper powder and floral aromas on the nose followed by a full-bodied and piquant palate with juicy cox orange aromas and a marked acidity. Quite salty in the aftertaste this is a quite powerful wine to be served from the decanter in its first year. Drink: 2015-2020." 89 points, Robert Parker
91 points, Wine Spectator