Birgit Eichinger Erste Lage Riesling Gaisberg Reserve 2009
The Gaisberg is an optical extension of the Langenloiser Heiligenstein and is considered one of the best sites of the entire region. It’s crystalline properties from the Bohemian Massif forms the south-easterly foothill of the Manhartsberg. What differentiates this site to the rest is it’s transitional horizon and southernly exposure – as from this point eastwards and southwards the sites enjoy a completely different climatic and geological conditions. In the upper part you find mica weathered soils, which are well suited for Riesling.
The winery was founded in 1992 by Birgit Eichinger and her husband Christian. She started out with 3.5 hectares of vineyards from her parents’ vineyard holdings. Over time the vineyard area was expanded so that today fruit is sourced from more than 9 hectares in the best sites of Strass; Heiligenstein on volcanic rock, one of the great terroris of Austria for Riesling; Lamm, at the base of Heiligenstein where volcanic soil mixes with Loess, and which is considered the best site in the Kamptal for Gruner Veltliner; Gaisberg a high hill of Urgestein standing alone equally superb for both Gruner Veltliner and then at higher altitude, Reisling; Wechselberg, a mix of Urgestein and Loess is perfect for Gruner; and Loess is the soil for the Hasel parcels. Vom Berg is a selction of younger vines from Heiligenstien and Gaisberg. Purity, minerality, and length make up