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Machherndl Gruner Veltliner Federspiel Kollmutz 2018 (1x75cl)

Weingut Machherndl, an 18-acre estate established in 1786, is run by 8th generation owner, Erich Machherndl, who believes in honest viticulture without compromises. His philosophy is simple: Keep focused on tradition, believe in the vines—especially the 100-year-old vines—and do not become distracted by the status symbols of modern viticulture. He has been called stubborn, but his first goal is to produce exquisite wines that can be enjoyed and admired for many years. His personal commitment to his philosophy is carefully supported by modern cellar management. Located in the Wachau Region of Austria, the wines are from 100% estate grown grapes, produced and bottled wines from single-vineyard sites.

In Austria’s Wachau Valley, falconers use the wings of doves - called Federspiel - to attract falcons. Federspeil wines, named for this tradition, must be at least 20 degrees Brix with an alcohol level between 11.5% and 12.5%.

The Pannonian climate zone extends from the east into the Wachau. Cool wet air masses, rich in oxygen, flow down from the Dunkelsteiner forest in the south to the Waldviertel in the north. This continuous circulation of air, combined with unique soil types, strongly influences the aromas forming in the grapes. The mountain terraces are mostly weathered rock (gneiss, silicate and rock brown earth) while the valleys below are covered partly with islands of loess that evolve into light, sandy soils. Terraces are around 450 meters (1,475 feet) above sea level and 250 meters (820 feet) above the Danube river.

The Ried Wösendorfer Kollmütz vineyard is marked by its eastern parcels of loess and predominantly bedrock clifffaced rocks towards the west. It has an average vine age of 47 years, on gneiss, and loess soills, at an elevation of about 860 feet (260m). This region has an early Spring, and a very hot summer, with almost no rainfall. Machherndl has four sites within Kollmütz that are planted on bedrock terraces and on the high plateau. Riesling, Grüner Veltliner and Chardonnay vines thrive here. This Grüner Veltliner is fermented with wild yeasts, in stainless steel tanks, and aged in the same vessels. The only additions are protein stabilizations.

100% Grüner Veltliner.

Residual sugar = 1.9g/litre (ie very dry).

This wine has a complex bouquet offering fine cider, green walnut & light tobacco, with an ethereal perfume of mustard seed, juniper, chrysanthemum, lentils & white bread. The aromas follow to the precisely structured palate. Balanced & brilliant, this wine is the perfect accompaniment for food from surf and turf to veggies. A herbal-tangy food buddy at its finest

Fruity, textured white with apples, pears and spice on the palate and a hint of mint on the finish.

ABV = 12.0%.

£13.75

Machherndl Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Kollmütz 2017 (1x75cl)

Weingut Machherndl, an 18-acre estate established in 1786, is run by 8th generation owner, Erich Machherndl, who believes in honest viticulture without compromises. His philosophy is simple: Keep focused on tradition, believe in the vines—especially the 100-year-old vines—and do not become distracted by the status symbols of modern viticulture. He has been called stubborn, but his first goal is to produce exquisite wines that can be enjoyed and admired for many years. His personal commitment to his philosophy is carefully supported by modern cellar management. Located in the Wachau Region of Austria, the wines are from 100% estate grown grapes, produced and bottled wines from single-vineyard sites.

The Pannonian climate zone extends from the east into the Wachau. Cool wet air masses, rich in oxygen, flow down from the Dunkelsteiner forest in the south to the Waldviertel in the north. This continuous circulation of air, combined with unique soil types, strongly influences the aromas forming in the grapes. The mountain terraces are mostly weathered rock (gneiss, silicate and rock brown earth) while the valleys below are covered partly with islands of loess that evolve into light, sandy soils. Terraces are around 450 meters (1,475 feet) above sea level and 250 meters (820 feet) above the Danube river.

Smaragd is the German word for emeralds. In the Wachau Valley, Smaragd is the common term for a bright green species of lizards that can often be found on grape vines, gleaming like emeralds in the sun. Smaragd wines must have a minimum natural harvest content of 21.4 degrees Brix and 12.5 percent alcohol.

The Ried Wösendorfer Kollmütz vineyard is marked by its eastern parcels of loess and predominantly bedrock clifffaced rocks towards the west. It has an average vine age of 47 years, on gneiss, and loess soills, at an elevation of about 860 feet (260m). This region has an early Spring, and a very hot summer, with almost no rainfall. Machherndl has four sites within Kollmütz that are planted on bedrock terraces and on the high plateau. Riesling, Grüner Veltliner and Chardonnay vines thrive here. This Grüner Veltliner is fermented with wild yeasts, in stainless steel tanks, and aged in the same vessels. The only additions are protein stabilizations.

100% Grüner Veltliner.

A beautiful, deep lemon-green colour in the glass. Inviting aromas of camomile, saffron and white pepper are met on the palate with flavours of ripe green apples and pears. This is rich and rounded but incredibly fresh and never overbearing. Utterly delicious.

ABV = 13.0%.

£17.00

Mantlerhof Weitgasse Gruner-Veltliner 2018 (1x75cl)

Founded in the 12th century as "Lesehof", the Mantlerhof estate is located in a historic manor, where for 200 years it has been managed by the Mantler family. First documented in 1365, the family was first noted when Simon "Mentler" and his wife bought "Elsbet", a vineyard near Krems. Sepp Mantler started working around the family winery in the late 60's and took over farming and winemaking from his father Josef in the late 70's. With over 40 years of experience, coupled with access to the greatest vineyards of the area, Sepp produces some of the best wines not only in Kremstal, but in all of Austria.

Mantlerhof is located east of Krems on the Danube, in a small village called Gedersdorf. In deep layers of loess soil on conglomerate, the vines grow on soils that contain fine particles of quartz and limestone, which are fertile and mineral rich. The landscape here is dominated by steep terraced vineyards, fashioned by centuries of vine growing and wine making. The best vineyards (lagen) are around Gedersdorf and are Spiegel, Wieland, Tiefenthal, Steingraben and Reisenthal.

The wines, true to the terroir and shaped by the loess soil, climate and grape variety, have plenty of extract and are concentrated and full-bodied, with excellent aging potential. Fermented with indigenous yeast, they reflect Sepp’s passion and enthusiasm in the vineyard as well as his craft in the cellar. 

100% Gruner Veltliner.

This superb-value Gruner Veltliner is full of apple peel, hazelnuts, tree resin and lemon aromas, with down-to-earth flavours of earthy minerality, and again apples and pear skin. It has a soft, smooth texture, light tannins and a refreshing finish.

ABV = 12.0%.

£12.85

Riesling Federspiel Mitz+Mütz, Erich Machherndl 2018 (1x75cl)

Weingut Machherndl, an 18-acre estate established in 1786, is run by 8th generation owner, Erich Machherndl, who believes in honest viticulture without compromises. His philosophy is simple: Keep focused on tradition, believe in the vines—especially the 100-year-old vines—and do not become distracted by the status symbols of modern viticulture. He has been called stubborn, but his first goal is to produce exquisite wines that can be enjoyed and admired for many years. His personal commitment to his philosophy is carefully supported by modern cellar management. Located in the Wachau Region of Austria, the wines are from 100% estate grown grapes, produced and bottled wines from single-vineyard sites.

The Pannonian climate zone extends from the east into the Wachau. Cool wet air masses, rich in oxygen, flow down from the Dunkelsteiner forest in the south to the Waldviertel in the north. This continuous circulation of air, combined with unique soil types, strongly influences the aromas forming in the grapes. The mountain terraces are mostly weathered rock (gneiss, silicate and rock brown earth) while the valleys below are covered partly with islands of loess that evolve into light, sandy soils. Terraces are around 450 meters (1,475 feet) above sea level and 250 meters (820 feet) above the Danube river.

The name Mitz and Mütz come from the two vineyards that grown the Riesling from this wine: Kollmitz and Kollmütz. Both are note for parcels of loess soils where some of Machherndl's best vines thrive. Part of the Riesling vines were planted in 1973.

Fruit is harvested from 11 years old vines before being hand sorted and destemmed. The juice is fermented at 13-19 degrees in stainless steel vats before filtering. Unfined for extra flavour retention.

100% Riesling.

Residual sugar = 3.8g/litre.

A really distinctive, delicious interpretation of Riesling. Softly floral on the nose followed by ripe apple and floral notes on the palate backed by a subtle wet stone note. Textured with a long finish.

ABV = 12.0%.

£15.50

Rudolf Rabl Langenlois Gruner Veltliner 2018 (1x75cl)

The 2017 vintage was awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2019 edition panel tasting of Grüner Veltliner (see blue link below).

Rudolf Rabl Langenlois Gruner Veltliner 2017 - August 2019 Decanter review

Located in the prestigious Kamptal-Donau wine region of Austria, Weingut Rabl is a byword for wines of the highest quality. The winery enjoys a vine growing tradition dating back to 1750. Now under the careful eye of Rudolf Rabl Jr. the estate comprises 100 hectares of the best hillside vineyards in and around Langenlois. The Kamp Valley has a unique microclimate and rich soils with an abundance of minerals. Rudolf Rabl combines these natural resources with sustainable practices in the vineyard and modern winemaking techniques to produce a multi-award winning range of complex wines.

The vineyards sites surround the town of Langenlois, providing the option of selecting grapes from cooler, more windy sites that yield wines with vibrant acidity and combining them with those of more sun-exposed terraces producing rich wines. The vineyards are situated on broad loess terraces that are up to 40m deep, which yield powerful wines with vibrant acidity and mineral elegance.

Cold conditions in February and March led to later-than-usual budding, which meant the buds were not damaged by late frosts. The second warmest spring since 1767 enabled the vegetation cycle to catch up. Flowering took place early at the end of May. The hot summer was characterised by drought, young and shallow rooted vineyards were irrigated to protect them from extreme stress. Cool air at the end of August helped to retain freshness. The harvest started in August and was completed by October, with healthy, ripe grapes providing beautiful varietal typicity; full bodied wines with moderate acidity.

The harvest for this wine took four weeks; a careful combination of different harvest states that ranged from fresh and fruity with good acidity levels to later harvested grapes which contributed richness and more body. The wine was fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks, preserving the unique characteristics of each terroir

100% Grüner Veltliner.

Subtle apple and green pepper aromas through to a spicy and vibrant, full flavoured and clean palate. A spicy opening with subtle aromas of apple, soft honeydew melon through to a well defined, creamy body with good fleshiness and juicy cascading acidity. A dynamic palate with a savoury peppery spicy finish. A lovely example of the Grüner Veltliner grape. Perfect with regional Austrian dishes such as pan-fried meat (schnitzel) with potato salad but also delicious with grilled seafood and creamy risottos.

ABV = 12.5%.

£14.15

Sattlerhof Gamlitz Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (1x75cl)

Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter in their November 2019 edition article, Celebrating Sauvignon, picking out a Top Twelve of Sauvignon(s) Blancs.

Sattlerhof Gamlitz Sauvignon Blanc 2018 - November 2019 Decanter review

Weingut Sattlerhof is renowned for its precise, elegant white wines. Located in South Styria (Südsteiermark in German), not far from the Slovenian border, Willhelm and Maria Sattler own 35 hectares of organically farmed vineyards in the village of Gamlitz. The Sattler family have been making wine at their 300-year-old farm since 1887. In the 1960s, they were among the first in the region to bottle high-quality dry white wines under their own name. Today, the baton has been passed to Willi and Maria’s sons, Alexander and Andreas. While their parents still take a keen interest in the estate, Alexander is now responsible for the vineyards and viticulture and Andreas is in charge of winemaking.

The vines are located on steeply sloping vineyards 350-450m aboves sea level and poses a distinctly cool microclimate.

The grapes were all hand harvested before spending 12 hours maceration on the skins in the press. After a gentle pressing and spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel tanks the wine was left on its lees for 6 months before being bottled.

100% Sauvignon Blanc.

The wine is light lemon colour with fragrant mint on the nose. On the palate you can find elegant gooseberry and white asparagus which harmoniously unite to create balanced fresh finish.

ABV = 12.5%.

£20.45

Wieninger Wiener Riesling 2018 (1x75cl)

Fritz Wieninger is considered a pioneer of the “New Vienna” wine movement, combining a sense of modernity and progress with the traditions of the region and of his family, who have been making wine for over 100 years. “I try to use the numerous facets of my grape material,” Fritz says. “To be able to show the differences in site and vintage and to get the character of the vineyard into the bottle – this is my greatest challenge.”

This wine is a blend of Riesling grown in both Bisamberg and Nussberg. 25% of the grapes are sourced from Bisamberg, where the soil is sandy loess, and the remaining 75% is grown on the limestone chalky soils of Nussberg. Blending fruit from these contrasting sites adds depth and complexity to the final wine.

Once at the winery, a period of maceration took place for five hours and the grapes were gently pressed. Temperature controlled, cool fermentation occurred using indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks to preserve freshness and purity. The wine aged on fine lees for approximately three months in order to add roundness to the wine. No oak was used in the winemaking process and bottling took place in January.

100% Riesling.

Residual sugar: 3.8 g/litre.

The wine is fragrant, fresh and shows complexity. The palate is elegant, light and tasty with a vibrant acidic structure. The subtle spice and citrus freshness make this wine an ideal companion for classic Austrian cuisine.

ABV = 12.5%.

£15.35

Wieninger, Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC Nussberg 2017 (1x75cl)

The 2016 vintage was awarded a Platinum Medal, 97 points and Best In Show status at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).

For other 2018 DWWA winners, click here.

Fritz Wieninger is considered a pioneer of the “New Vienna” wine movement, combining a sense of modernity and progress with the traditions of the region and of his family, who have been making wine for over 100 years. “I try to use the numerous facets of my grape material,” Fritz says. “To be able to show the differences in site and vintage and to get the character of the vineyard into the bottle – this is my greatest challenge.”

The grapes for the Wiener Gemischter Satz - Nussberg 2017 were grown in the Ulm vineyard, which lies on a very steep southern slope on the eastern part of the Nussberg next to the Danube river. The vineyards are certified Organic and Biodynamic since 2011. The soil is calcareous shell limestone with small amounts of clay underneath. This area of the Nussberg region is understood to be a remnant of a coral reef from the Tertiary period.

The 2017 vintage began with a cold winter, however, very warm conditions in the months up to mid March resulted in early bud break. Conditions were cooler than average through April and early May, but fortunately the vines didn’t suffer too much from the frosty nights, and the warm and dry summer months that followed kept the grapes healthy. This was the third hottest summer since records began, prompting harvesting to commence earlier than usual at the beginning of September, in order to preserve acidity and freshness in the grapes.

This wine is a field blend of nine organically and biodynamically grown varieties including Neuburger, Welschriesling and Grüner Veltliner. The grapes were hand picked, processed together and macerated for four hours prior to being gently pressed. Fermentation took place in a mix of 75% stainless-steel tanks and 25% large old oak barrels, before being matured on the fine lees for 10 months prior to blending and bottling.

This wine is a blend of 30% Pinot Blanc/Pinot Bianco, 25% Neuburger, 19% Other Native White Varietals, 16% Welschriesling, 10% Grüner Veltliner.

The wine has complex aromas of citrus fruit, pineapple, yellow blossom and sweet herbs. Lively acidity is evident on the elegant palate which has a touch of minerality alongside subtle notes of spice.

ABV = 13.5%.

£27.70
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