Graf Hardegg Brut 2014
This elegant vintage sparkling wine made from Chardonnay (75%) and Pinot Noir (25%) grapes is produced with the traditional bottle fermentation and manual riddling after resting three years on yeast lees. The result is a well-structured and distinctive representative of the “cool climate” style with a fine mousseux.
The vineyard: Steinbügel, our best vineyard right next to the winery, is located on a south-facing slope with permeable clayey primary sand soil with a high amount of lime. Being exposed to the sun, arid heat develops during the day, while chilly continental air brings freshness at night which results in great differences between the day and night temperatures. This, in turn, leads to the fresh, crisp acidity and a distinctive variety of aromas in the grapes. In the airy location, the grapes stay healthy in autumn and can ripen for a long time on the vines without being rot-infected. The long-lasting wines from this specific vineyard thus perfectly reflect the archetype of vintage and varietal.
Alc.: 12% • Acidity: 7.2 g/l • Residual sugar: 6 g/l
The grapes for the sparkling wine were the first to be picked in mid-September from various allotments of our Steinbügel vineyard. The main issue was to hit acidity and maturity at their perfect balance. Fermentation was with wild yeast from the vineyard (spontaneous fermentation) in oak barrels. The base wine was bottled the following spring to be put through the secondary fermentation while it rested on its yeast for more than three years. This was followed by manual riddling on the pupitre and degorging, when a small dose of Viognier was added to develop its full elegance.
Recommended drinking temperature: 11-13°C
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2023
Great apéritif to classic food like caviar, oyster and seafood. With its minimum amount of residual sugar and full body, it is a perfect match with meat, venison or poultry as well as cheese. It is also an interesting and inspiring complement for sushi and a delight on its own for any occasion.