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|Grüner Veltliner, Roter Traminer
Fifth generation winemaker Gerald Diem has been passionate about winemaking as long as he can remember—and no wonder, given that his family has made wine in the town of Obermarkersdorf in the northeastern Weinviertel since 1848! Gerald took over the Diem family estate in 2000, and along with his wife, Andrea, also a talented vintner, deftly merges modern technology with traditional techniques. Their 25 hectares of vines are certified organic, and are dry farmed and hand harvested. Obermarkersdorf is nestled at the foot of the Manharts mountain, with soils a mix of sand and clay sediment as well as ancient stone left over from the prehistoric ocean that once submerged the entire western Weinviertel. The D’Ora label was named to honor Viennese born Dora Kallmus (1881-1963), recognized as one of the leading photographic portraitists of the early 20th century. ‘Orange’ is made from 90% grüner veltliner and 10% roter traminer, both from single vineyards. They are spontaneously fermented in plastic Speidel tanks on the skins for three weeks, including malolactic fermentation, and matured for 6 months in stainless steel tanks before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Dusty tangerine in color, it opens with delectable aromas of yellow apple and vanilla wafers. On the palate it evokes orange creamsicle - while remaining completely dry! - with layers of sweet apple, spice, and a clean, refreshing finish. Certified organic.