Ingrid Groiss

The Story

We all know when we’ve met an old soul in a young body. Somehow, Ingrid is able to channel the energy of a young school girl and at the same time that of her overly active grandmother, to whom she gives gratitude for the existence of the family estate. Her grandmother kept alive vineyards that sit in the Weinviertel, just a stone throw away from the Czech Republic. The wines that Ingrid makes have the same vitality of both personas, the energy of youth and the wip-like intelligence and experience of a woman who has seen nearly the entire 20th century and remained an optimist about it all. The wines elegantly shine with savory herbs, early summer fruits and spices that sit on a mountain of texture and dense acidity. Ingrid is also very good in the kitchen and the wines from cellar are clearly made with the same love.

Lay of the Land

Weinviertal, which literally means “wine quarter”, is Austria’s largest wine region. It is situated at the far northeastern part of Austria, bordering the Czech Republic in the north and Slovakia to the east. It is best known not only for its beauty and neatly laid out villages and vineyards, but for the hundreds of meters of cellars that run underground called “Kellergrassen”. Here Gruner Veltliner is king and is characterized by its zesty flavor and tart acidity. This recognizable quality has become region-typical and only those winemakers that produce a Gruner of this style can apply for the Weinviertal DAC. Due to the immensity of this region, climatic influences and geological compositions vary drastically.

Gruner Veltliner Pankraz
Gruner Veltliner Pankraz

Ingrid Groiss - 2017 Grüner Veltliner, Pankraz

Price: $57.00
Size: 750ml
Availability:

9 in stock

Type of Wine: White
Grape(s): Grüner Veltliner
Style: Mineral, Elegant and Aromatic

INFORMATION DISCLAIMER

Terroir: The Weinviertel is many things to Austrian wine country: its northernmost region, highest volume production, perhaps its most extreme climate with freezing winters and cold summer nights with sometimes scorching and dry summer days, the lowest precipitation and soil types/structures that can change from meter to meter with a range of loess, sand, gravels, primary rock, limestone marls, radiolite chert, conglomerates and more—all depositions from former times by seas that came and went followed by the Danube River (called Urdonau then) which once flowed through. The Groiss vineyards are located in the western end of the Weinviertel, principally in Fahndorf and Breitenwaida, on hilly countryside where the climate is on the extreme side of high to low temperatures with very suitable well-drained but deep alluvial soils and little to no bedrock.

Vinification: Once the grapes are received a pre-fermentation maceration of the grapes is made and the amount of time based on their health and what the year brought (cold vintages longer, warm vintages less) and usually spans about 6-18 hours. Sulfites are added as late as possible and never in the grape must; this allows some of the more unstable phenols to oxidize there and not later in the wine which helps the wine’s resistance to oxidation later. Some sulfite additions won’t be made for longer than 3 months and is based on how turbid the wine remains; the more turbidity the less need for sulfite protection so once the wine begins to fall clear she will add it. Grapes are 70% destemmed before press and a natural fermentation is made with 20% uncrushed whole clusters in used 500l barrels; max temperature 22-25C. Malolactic happens (less than 10%) but not desired.

Aging: 10-12 months in 500-liter Austrian oak barrels (not new, but not so old). Fined with bentonite and plate filtered before bottling.

(Subjective and based on young wines)

Ageability:

Drink YoungShort-Term BenefitsLong-Term BenefitsUnknown

Technical Precision:

NatureModerateNurture

The Vineyard

Soil:

A mix of Danube river deposits, conglomerate, limestone marl, sand, loess; the vineyard is next to Sauberg.

Farming:

SustainableOrganic CertifiedBiodynamic CertifiedUncertified Naturalist

Organic conversion began in 2016

Irrigation:

ForbiddenNeverSometimes

Vine Age:

Perhaps 50-60 years (2019), not know, but definitely old

Altitude (meters):

280-300;

Aspect:

South / South West

Slope:

Mild slope
(typical numbers; not vintage specific)

Enological Additions:

Sulfur Dioxide. Bentonite, a natural clay used for protein heat stability. (Grüner Veltliner often requires fining because of its large quantity of proteins. Riesling does not have a lot of protein by comparison and is rarely fined.)

Total SO2:

None AddedVery LowLowMediumHigh

Alcohol:

13 - 13.50

Titratable Acidity:

5.0-5.5

Residual Sugar:

Dry

Notes compiled in 2019 by Ted Vance (The Source) and Ingrid Groiss