Merlot - Pinot Gris - Kremstal - Single Vineyard
Kremstal is the region along the Danube bordering the eastern end of the Wachau, encompassing the towns of Krems itself, Stein and Und.
Kremstal is named after the town of Krems, one of the oldest wine towns in Austria. East of the Wachau and with its steep terraced vineyards, Kremstal is where the Danube valley suddenly opens up into an open plain with gently rolling hills. The main wine producing towns are Göttweig, Furth, Gedersdorf, Rohrendorf and Senftenberg.
One of the oldest wine centres in Austria, Krems has always been associated with wine, and its mediaeval character has been very well preserved. Today one can stroll through its narrow romantic streets taking in the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
The wines tend to be elegant with rich fruity bouquets. Grüner Veltliners are very approachable with soft fruit and a pepper note.
Our main winemakers in Kremstal are Walter Buchegger and his partner Silke Mayr
Merlot, although often used as a grape for blending (often with Cabernet Sauvignon), is a grape that produces some excellent single variety wine. It can be glorious on its own as seen in some of the wines from Pomerol and St. Emillion and this glory can be found in other expressions of the grape throughout the world.
A few places in Italy grow Merlot for this purpose and there are also excellent Merlots created in Valais and Thermenregion in Switzerland, but in that country it is to Ticino that we turn to find some wonderful single variety Merlot wines.
Ticino is of course right next to Italy and that is the language predominantly spoken there. Here they make Merlot into both red and white wine. Unlike the majority of ‘White Merlot’ this really is a white wine and not a rosé.
There seems no doubt that Merlot originated in France but it has spread throughout the world and can be found in most winemaking countries.
Following much DNA analysis and some archaeological searching worthy of a Dan Brown novel, it has now been established that Merlot is the offspring of Cabernet Franc and Magdeleine Noire des Charentes. It has other well-known siblings – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cot and the grape that was so often confused with Merlot, Carmenère.
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