Falstaff Wineguide Austria/South Tyrol 2021/22

Falstaff Wineguide Austria/South Tyrol 2021/22

Perhaps what defines really great winegrowers above anything else is whether it's a small or a grandiose vintage, you can always rely on them for the correct response. And the Kollwentz family has been a force to be reckoned with at every tasting for years – no matter which type of vinification or which variety is being offered. In the annual evaluation of white Pinots conducted by Falstaff magazine in summer, the tasters are always completely unanimous about one winery. Not only is the classically vinified Chardonnay Leithakalk amongst the best whites year after year, but also the two Chardonnays from the Tatschler and Neusatz vineyards have often been winners of the Burgundy Barrique Trophy, whilst their Gloria Chardonnay has virtually leased the Reserve Trophy. The Sauvignon Blanc from the Steinmühle vineyard, whose flint soil offers optimal conditions for this spicy variety, deserves special attention.

The ratings for the red wines are not very different; the 2009 and 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon were both victorious in their category and the jurors also chose the Cuvée Steinzeiler 2008 as a winner, whilst the 2015 Blaufränkisch Point received 98 points.

Anton Kollwentz senior, is the pioneer of Cabernet Sauvignon in Austria and triggered a real Cabernet boom with his Falstaff victories in 1984 and 1985. Andi Kollwentz junior is the decathlete among Austria's vintners, because he understands the most different disciplines and can be found in the top field in every category. He is supported by his wife Heidi and their two daughters Barbara and Christina, as well as a well-coordinated team whose members have been working in the winery for over 25 years.

Besides the meticulous viticultural work, the Kollwentz family's success is based on their vineyard property (25 hectares). The vineyards on the southern slopes of the Leithagebirge bear such fine names as Steinzeiler, Point, Setz, Dürr, Steinmühle, Neusatz, Tatschler, Katterstein and Gloria and are among the oldest and best in the country. The vineyards range from 170 to 325 meters above sea level. The warmest sites are dominated by Blaufränkisch. The Point and Setz vineyards form the best part of the Großhöflein red grape vineyards, from which the Blaufränkisch grapes for the "Steinzeiler", the winery's top wine, originate. 200 meters above sea level, the realm of Chardonnay begins. The altitude and the influence of the forests that cover the highest elevations of the Leithagebirge create a cool micro-climate, which is reflected in the finesse of the aromas and the intensity of the taste. The Chardonnay Crus "Gloria", "Tatschler", "Katterstein" and "Neusatz" thrive here on the limestone soils, as does the Pinot Noir in the Dürr vineyard.

DETAILS

  • Contact Person: Heidi Kollwentz
  • Exhibitions
  • Winemaker: Andi Kollwentz
  • Tasting room
  • Cellar Door Sales
  • Production of Spirits
  • Production Style: In Transition
  • Cultivation Area in Hectares: 25

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