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Grabenwerkstatt Grabenwerk, Grüner Veltliner, Wachau 2022

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Grabenwerk is made using grapes only from the Spitzer Graben (Side Valley), the coolest part of the region, where the estate’s single vineyards are located. Grabenwerk offers a taste of this unique climate, containing fruit from vines not yet mature enough for the single-vineyard bottlings - in other words, prime fruit, but at a fraction of the price. That being said, the vines are still up to 35 years old which would qualify as old vines in many other parts of the world! One half of Grabenwerkstatt, Franz Hofbauer, declared this to be their "main wine" in 2022 as the gap between this and the quality of the single vineyard releases has never been closer.There is concentration of flavour here but brightness too. The nose shows notes of ginger, pepper, vibrant lemon zest, glacial white fruit and and an ethereal smoky incense character. The palate is intense and focussed with incredible freshness and all the ingredients to guarantee serious potential for ageing.A wine which is ideal with food, this offers particularly intense savoury character and spices in the 2022 vintage which only serves to add to its usual infinite layers of complexity. A remarkable taste of this unique and beautiful region, from some of the finest, steepest and most unforgiving vineyard sites.
Price: £32.00 Bottle
Price: £192.00 Case of 6
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Code: AA4471

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Gruner Veltliner
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2036
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, natural


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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