Pinot Blanc 'Seeberg' Weingut Prieler
Located on a beautiful farm in Schützen, Weingut Prieler’s estate vineyards lay between the Leithagebirge, the last outpost of the eastern Alps that protect the vines from western winds, and Lake Neusidl, which helps to moderate hot temperatures from the Pannonian Plain.
As is the case with many family farms; the land was originally dedicated to plantings of fruits and vegetables, grains and raising animals. Grape growing was always a part of this, and in the 1950s, Georg Prieler Sr. started to focus more on wine. In 1972, Irmgard and Engelbert Prieler made the decision to shift the entire focus of the farm to wine production. With special attention on Blaufränkisch and Burgundian varieties. In 2005, they were joined by their son Georg, who now oversees the 22 hectares of vineyards.
Georg’s careful attention to detail and work in the vineyard employs natural approaches to pest management, cover crops, and maintaining healthy soils. These, among other low-intervention practices are the basis for creating the incredible wines we enjoy from this benchmark producer today. Prieler has been farming organically since 2015 and 2016, produced their first wines with official organic certification.
They are now in the process of converting to Respekt certified Biodynamic farming, joining like-minded producers in the area.
The pinot blanc vines for ‘Seeberg’ are situated on marine limestone and mica-schist soils. ‘See’ refers to lake Neusiedlersee, which the vineyard overlooks.
Harvest is completed manually once the grapes are perfectly ripe and in optimal condition. At the winery, maceration occurs on the skins over a period of three days to gently extract flavour and texture. Alcoholic fermentation is carried out in temperature controlled stainless-steel; the wine is then matured on fine lees prior to bottling.
A fresh and mineral-driven Pinot Blanc; it is medium bodied with refreshing acidity and layers of texture. Tart and ripe orchard and citrus fruit define the wine; meyer lemon zest, bosc pear, and green apple. There are beautiful notes of dried acacia flower with seaspray and savory parmesan cheese (from the extended lees contact). The wine is dry, with perfect complexity and balance.
Enjoy now or age 5+ years
The perfect aperitif, or pair with grilled poultry, raw and steamed shellfish or soft cheeses