Willi Opitz Welschriesling Eiswein, Burgenland

Willi Opitz Welschriesling Eiswein, Burgenland

Made from Welschriesling grapes that are all affected by Botrytis cinerea and are hand-harvested. The harvest for Willi Opitz’s Eiswein does not begin before the temperature drops to -10°C, well below the legal maximum temperature; the colder the harvest gets the better, as the yields decrease and quality increases as the temperature drops. In reality, this means most of the grapes are picked at around 2am, with the pickers moving twice through the vineyard to harvest each icy berry; they are pressed whilst still frozen. The minimum sugar level must be at the same level for Beerenauslese, but really good Eiswein needs a level of 330 g/l. The fermentation is carried out with their own yeast cultures and takes nearly two months, 50% in stainless steel and 50% in barriques, after one year all the barrels are blended; the wine is bottled in the third year after the vintage. Shows racy apple, pear and peach fruit; a stunningly good Eiswein.

  • Type: White
  • Country: Austria
  • Region: Burgenland
  • Vintage: 2011
  • Producer: Willi Opitz
  • Primary grape: Welschriesling
  • Bottle size: 37.5cl
  • List price: £21.87
  • Code: 28907
  • Expression: Honey