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
92/100 Wine Enthusiast
"This wine's shy nose offers mere hints of salty yeast. On the palate, the saltiness becomes more pronounced and is joined by white pepper and fresh lemon brightness. Ripe pear notes round it all out and let the pepperiness tingle on the finish."
Winemaker notes on current vintage
"Thal is inextricably linked to our estate. It is our oldest and most traditional vineyard, where our family cultivated their first vines in 1856. The up to 80-year-old vines grow on terraces composed of sandy and very chalky loess resting on gravel and red sand. The wine expresses the bright side of Veltliner, with delicate white and yellow fruit and a characteristic sandy minerality."
93/100 Vinous, David Schildknecht (2015 vintage)
"This leads with riveting aromatic diversity. Ripe white peach and quince, high-toned almond and pistachio extracts and musky animalistic notes set the stage for a silken-textured, glycerol-rich, enveloping palate performance. Savory blond tobacco, incisive white pepper and piquant nuttiness all lend counterpoint and, along with gushing juiciness, render this beauty as invigorating, intriguing and refreshing as it is sumptuous. I’ll be surprised, though, if it proves to be quite as long-lived as has many a Hiedler Thal."
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