Gamitz is the perfect site for Gelber Muskateller, a grape variety difficult to cultivate. The vineyard stretches on a southwest-facing hillside that is climatically protected by two higher mountains. The soil comprises gravel, sand and some loam, interspersed with scattered gravel conglomerate banks. Here, the Muskateller vines have grown since 1963 – the year they were planted – and have since formed orrespondingly deep root systems.
Due to Styrias cool climate the grapes remain on the vines for a long period and harvest takes place in late fall. This generates a unique expression of flavors. The grapes were handpicked from the old vines in the cold morning days, last week of September 2018. After a skin contact maceration of 18 hours, the spontaneous fermentation took place in big oak barrels (1350 l + 1800 l). Then the wine matured 10 months in oak barrels on the lease. Bottled unfined in September 2019.
The Gelber Muskateller is a great wine for warm summer days. It goes well with white meats like chicken and turkey, fish and sour marinated dishes. It also fits well with Asian cuisine, because its low alcohol content and fruity flavors support dishes with aromatic spices such as ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and chili.