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Josef Fischer - "Ried Steiger" Federspiel Riesling 2020 (750ml)

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While Grüner Veltliner thrives in the loess-dominated sites of the Wachau, Riesling prefers poorer soil. Situated close to the Danube itself on a gentle 29% incline, Rossatz’s Steiger vineyard is rich with paragneiss and littered with crushed stones, and Fischer works a parcel of 25-year-old Riesling here. The tensile, saline Ried Steiger Federspiel counterposes smoky, clinging minerality with torpor-conquering acidity to create an irresistible sense of tension. It ferments spontaneously and ages the better part of a year on its fine lees in stainless steel with minimal sulfur additions.