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Grabenwerkstatt Brandstatt Grüner Veltliner, Wachau 2018

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Intense, concentrated and focused grüner veltliner, with remarkable layers of flavour. 2018 was a warm vintage in Austria and this is a more forward and rich example of the wine than in subsequent vintages. Notes of quince, preserved lemon, peppery spice and a delicate hint of ginger combine on the nose and draw you into the glass. The structure here is remarkable, with ample acidity but plenty of palate weight and concentration of flavour. Rich, rounded white-berry and stone-fruit flavours continue. A more baroque style than many of this producers’ other wines but a superb representation of the site and vintage. Brandstatt is the most westerly vineyard on the northern side of the Spitzer Graben, beyond which grapes will no longer ripen. It is, therefore, an extreme vineyard where only the bravest winemakers dare! The slope here is extremely steep and Grabenwerkstatt’s vines are around 70 years old.
Price: £57.00 Bottle
Price: £342.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: AA2641

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • Gruner Veltliner
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2030
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, natural

Grabenwerkstatt

Franz Hofbauer, and Michale Linke are old mates, enthusiasts with bags of experience around the world of wine that includes New Zealand’s famous Felton Road estate. They got together in 2014 to make wine in a small village at the western end, one might say the unusual end, of the Wachau in Austria, basing themselves in the small village of Trandorf, where Franz grew up.

They happily took over the management of a handful of vines, some of them in a derelict vineyard that they needed to give some TLC, and The winery's five single vineyard plots all sit within a side valley of the Wachau and are incredibly steep, labour intensive but rewarding sites, producing grapes with mineral freshness, intensity and great potential for ageing.

They farm along biodynamic principles, though they haven’t sought certification for it, and believe in a hands-off approach, don’t overdo the sulfur and don’t fine or filter.
 

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