From 35 hectares of Erste Lage (Grand Cru) holdings in the Kamptal, the Hiedler family has been producing wine in Langelois since the mid-18th century. Starting in 1980, Ludwig and María Angeles Hiedler have led operations, while their son Ludwig Jr. finishes his winemaking studies and practicum at Von Volxem. Hiedler’s holdings are in the best vineyards in the Kamptal, with Riesling parcels in the Heiligenstein and Gaisberg, and Grüner Veltliner in the deep loess vineyards that rest at the base of those mountains: Lamm, Grub, and Renner. Hiedler’s other sites in the area include a ‘Grand Cru’ monopole, Thal, Spiegel, Steinhaus, and Loiserberg. In addition to Grüner Veltliner and Riesling, the Hiedlers work with Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), the first plantings of which were planted by Ludwig’s father in the Schenkenbickl, a ‘Grand Cru’ plot just below the Käferberg. All organic/natural practices. Notably, malolactic fermentation is never blocked but allowed to occur naturally, allowing Hiedler a quite broad and unique dimension of texture and weight; a distinctive approach to both Grüner Veltliner and Riesling from this region.
What The Critics Say
93/100 Wine Enthusiast, Anne Krebiehl MW
"Lovely hints of russet and green pear peel on the nose announce both freshness and texture. The palate then presents a densely textured mouthfeel, layered with saltiness, yeast and miso-like savoriness. The fruit, almost of yellow plum, fleshes this out beautifully to create a very balanced wine."
92-93 Vinous, David Schildknecht (2015 vintage)
"Striking and unusual evocations of nutmeg-dusted cherry and purple plum dominate on the nose and on a palate palpably extract-rich and seemingly starched with lees. Piquant walnut and smoky dark tobacco add welcome counterpoint – and marginally more recognizable varietal character – on a resonant finish."
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