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Grabenwerkstatt Wachauwerk, Grüner Veltliner, Wachau 2021

White Wine from Austria
5.000000000 star rating 1 Reviews
Wachauwerk offers a combination of opulence and incredible tension; Bone-dry, with lemon and lime, flint and pepper, and a deep, complex herbal character, it’s both approachable young but has remarkable ageing potential at the price. Franz and Michael have perfectly captured the balance and harmony of a wonderful vintage here. Remarkable value for any serious lover of fine white wine, to keep if you have the patience, or to decant and drink now if not.
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Code: AA4051

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Gruner Veltliner
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2033
  • 12% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, natural

Grabenwerkstatt

Franz Hofbauer, schnitzel-cook extraordinaire according to buyer Freddy Bulmer, and his friend 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, home of Michael’s wife.

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 farm just a hectare near the village. One of these plots provides the raw materials for their single-vineyard grüner Brandstatt, made from vines leased from an 80-year-old couple in the village. The resulting grüner veltliner wines come from a miniscule production, partly due to the small vineyard area and the hard to work steep slopes where everything is done by hand, but also by choice, concentrating the quality of the fruit.

They farm along biodynamic principles, though they haven’t sought certification for it, and make the wine in Franz’s Dad’s garage, enjoying the help of enthusiastic villagers at harvest time. They believe in a hands-off approach, don’t overdo the sulfur and don’t fine or filter. Because their side-valley at the western end of the main Wachau valley is without doubt a cool-climate vineyard area, they harvest their grüner later than their counterparts further east and they...
Franz Hofbauer, schnitzel-cook extraordinaire according to buyer Freddy Bulmer, and his friend 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, home of Michael’s wife.

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 farm just a hectare near the village. One of these plots provides the raw materials for their single-vineyard grüner Brandstatt, made from vines leased from an 80-year-old couple in the village. The resulting grüner veltliner wines come from a miniscule production, partly due to the small vineyard area and the hard to work steep slopes where everything is done by hand, but also by choice, concentrating the quality of the fruit.

They farm along biodynamic principles, though they haven’t sought certification for it, and make the wine in Franz’s Dad’s garage, enjoying the help of enthusiastic villagers at harvest time. They believe in a hands-off approach, don’t overdo the sulfur and don’t fine or filter. Because their side-valley at the western end of the main Wachau valley is without doubt a cool-climate vineyard area, they harvest their grüner later than their counterparts further east and they reckon that any climate warming will be a benefit to them as and when it evolves. In search of some high-quality riesling they also farm a vineyard plot in the more conventional part of the Wachau further east, called Trenning, which gives them excellent grapes from vines growing at 550 metres above sea level. These are wines of intensity, delicious spice and wonderful tension and are well worth seeking out. As is that schnitzel, by all accounts.
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matthewjukes.com

Wine Soc wine buyer Freddy Bulmer sent these wines to me, sensing that I might like them. How right he was! There is glorious pithiness and tension here, with raw edges and raspy touches over the...
Wine Soc wine buyer Freddy Bulmer sent these wines to me, sensing that I might like them. How right he was! There is glorious pithiness and tension here, with raw edges and raspy touches over the tenderest and most refined grüner core. This wine is sheer beauty and an utter delight. In my experience, there are loads of passable grüners in the UK and only a handful of true Grands Vins. This is a new name to me, yet the pricing here is remarkable for this level of finesse and complexity. It is already drinking but can age gracefully for a couple of years, so have a go and see what you think. 18.5/20
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