Nigl

Weingut Nigl, tucked deep in the Krems Valley on the edge of the Senftenberg mountain, often evokes feelings that one has travelled back to medieval times; the wines Martin Nigl creates are as ethereal as the vine lands that they come from. The ruins of the Senftenberg castle, erected in 1197, are perched above the terraced vineyards Höchacker, Pellingen, Piri, and Kirchenberg. These terroirs of primary rock, or 'gneiss,' planted to riesling and grüner veltliner, have much more in common with the Wachau than with the rest of the Kremstal. In fact, the border between the Wachau, to the west is political, and the geology is much more similar to the famous sites in that region. There is an important climactic difference in the two regions. Due to the influence of the forested mountains, Seftenberg experiences cooler nights than the Wachau and therefore larger diurnal swings in temperature, drawing out the ripening season and contributing spiciness and depth to the wines.

The collection of vineyards on the terraces of Seftenberg's southwest facing slope is outstanding: Höchacker on the top terraces, Pellingen directly below, the Piri, and 4 small terraces called the Kirchenberg next to the winery. Nigl also has vineyards in the village of Krems, mostly planted to grüner veltliner including some very old vines, 75 years in age, planted on loess soils that contribute more opulent fruit and a creamier texture.

Martin Nigl is a first generation winemaker, beginning in 1985 after convincing his family to keep the fruit from their small quantity of vines and bottle it themselves rather than selling it to the local co-op. The history with grape-growing is not nearly as recent though; the Nigl family has been farming here for over 200 years.

Martin practices sustainable farming, never using herbicides or insecticides, plants cover crops of legumes and herbs, and avoids copper, a mainstay in the biodynamic arsenal, but which he considers detrimental to his vines' vitality, and harmful to the soil.

In the cellar, Nigl works almost exclusively in stainless steel, never de-stems, uses only ambient yeasts, settles musts by gravity only, racks twice and never fines before bottling. The resulting wines are some of the most crystalline, transcendent bottlings in the portfolio.

Vineyard area: 25 hectares
Top sites: Piri, Hochäcker, Goldberg
Soil types: Mica slate, slate and loess
Grape varieties: 40% riesling, 40% grüner veltliner, 4% sauvignon blanc, 4% weissburgunder, 10% chardonnay, 2% other varieties

Farming Practice:Sustainable

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Nigl 'Freiheit' Gruner Veltliner 2017
91  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 91 "Savory yeast and white pepper inform the pear and lemon notes on the nose. They carry through on the palate where their fluid unity, helped along the very slender dry palate by bright lemon freshness is most enticing. A rollicking, if light little wine with a lip-smacking
Item Number: 29482
Bottle:$14.95
Case: $179.40
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Nigl 'Freiheit' Gruner Veltliner 2016
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91  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Spectator 91 "Grass and pine aromas and flavors predominate, with peach, grapefruit and floral notes underneath. Fine balance and persistence here, ending with mouthwatering notes of peach, flowers and mineral. Drink now through 2024. 1,000 cases imported.—Bruce Sanderson"  Wine Enthusiast

Nigl 'Freiheit' Gruner Veltliner 2015
89  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 89 "Lemon zest fizzes on nose and palate. This powers with so much zesty freshness that you want to drink more. The slender body has some concentration but above all verve and a squeaky-clean focus. The finish is nothing less than lip-smacking."  " Nigl Kremser Freiheit is named

Nigl 'Freiheit' Gruner Veltliner 2014
89  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 89 "A brothy amalgam of lentil, toasted grains, marjoram and smoked pork makes for a mouthwatering performance, subtly creamy in texture yet refreshing thanks to a finishing influx of fresh citrus and a nip of peppercorn. -- David Schildknecht"  " Nigl Kremser Freiheit is named for

Nigl 'Freiheit' Gruner Veltliner 2013
"Nigl Kremser Freiheit is named for the village of Krems, on the banks of the Danube river, and the German word for Freedom – ‘Freiheit’ . This wine was sourced from 3 vineyards in Krems and is picked earlier than the grapes in Senftenberg, where Martin Nigl’s other vineyards and winery are

Nigl 'Freiheit' Gruner Veltliner 2012
"Delicate smoky spiciness overtaken by bright fruit; robust and spicy on the palate with subtle fruit and a little red chilli pepper and lemon in the background. Quite delicious. Displays at first a delicate smoky spiciness which is gradually overtaken by the bright fruit, light green fruit notes,

Nigl 'Freiheit' Gruner Veltliner 2011
"Delicate smoky spiciness overtaken by bright fruit; robust and spicy on the palate with subtle fruit and a little red chilli pepper and lemon in the background. Quite delicious. Displays at first a delicate smoky spiciness which is gradually overtaken by the bright fruit, light green fruit notes,

Nigl 'Freiheit' Gruner Veltliner 2010
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90"A very creamy aroma leads to flavors of ripe tangerine, honeydew melon and tropical fruits. The opulent, spicy finish features crisp, powerful acidity. Drink now through 2020." - KM - Spectator (May 31, 2011)"

Nigl 'Freiheit' Gruner Veltliner 2010
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "A very creamy aroma leads to flavors of ripe tangerine, honeydew melon and tropical fruits. The opulent, spicy finish features crisp, powerful acidity. Drink now through 2020. 1,496 cases imported. "   Vineyard area: 25 hectares  Annual production: 7,500 cases  Top sites: