Neumeister Morillon Steirische Klassik 2015
Drink now through to 2019.
The Neumeister vineyards offer some of the best locations in and around Straden. Each grape variety grown there is treated according to the individual needs of that variety and benefit from the unique microclimates in the area. The focus is very much on natural management of the vines including very limited use of herbicides, pest control via natural measures, and rigorous canopy management. The vineyards are currently in transition to achieve organic status.
In order to achieve maximum quality control, several selections of grapes are made to ensure optimum ripeness, and, at the same time, cleaning passes are made to guard against any rot during ripening.
Maceration is in steel vats and then fermented in small oak barrels, the wine is then matured on the lees in large oak barrels which results in rich, creamy wines with layered aromas that gain complexity on the palate and remain persistent on the finish. Five months maturation on the lees in large old oak barrels gives optimum development of terroir notes and minerality.
Straw yellow in colour, this Chardonnay displays intense aromas of peach, melon, apple, citrus fruit and hazelnuts with a hint of smoke – common in wines from this area.
The palate offers ripe pear, stone fruit, melon, yellow apple and nuts with a creaminess that comes from oak contact. Nice acidity gives a complexity that is appealing, as are the layers of different flavours that come through.
A long finish is the perfect end to this fantastic wine.
Great food matches include creamy chicken dishes, pasta, Cesar salad and cheese.