Malat, Gruner Veltliner 'Furth' 2020Regular price $23.00 Save $-23.00
Variety: Gruner Veltliner
The wines made by the Malat family are so absolutely fresh and current generation Michael Malat so energetic, you’d think they were still in the honeymoon phase. It turns out that they’ve been making wine in the region of Kremstal for ten generations, dating way back to 1722. The wines seemingly get better with every vintage and the wines have been flying under the radar for far too long. Their vines are located on the south bank of the Danube where making wines like Gruner Veltliner and the family specialty of ‘Sekt’ sparkling wines is more than ideal.
Even for its price point, this is a pretty serious Gruner. This is coming from a blend of different sites on the banks of the Danube, Furth being the name of the small village from which the vines are sourced. The wine is aged for three months in very large used barrels. This is the ultimate secret weapon food pairing, versatile just about any savory food.
Meinklang, Burgenland White 2021Regular price $17.00 Save $-17.00
Variety: Gruner Veltliner, Welschreisling, Muscat Blanc
Meinklang has taken the wine world by storm in the last few years due to the family's passion for making diverse products from the estate. Farming is at the core, with full bio-dynamic practices in place. The family has a full herd of Angus and Aubrac cattle, plus sheep. The farm believes in a full circle of life within the vineyards and farmland. The family has even achieved Demeter certification, one of the most difficult biodynamic certifications. The estate is located in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of National Park Neusiedlersee in Austria, just on the border of Hungary. The insane number of different wine labels produced shows the passion for creating wine with character and personality, with over 20 labels in production.
This may be considered Meinklang's house white wine. The three grape varieties each lend something unique to this blend—acidity, aromatics, weight, and texture. This is the perfect spring white wine due to its light body, its racy lean fruit, and ageing in steel tank to keep this wine fresh.
Michael Gindl, 'Buteo 12' 2017Regular price $36.00 Save $-36.00
Variety: Gruner Veltliner
Michael Gindl is the face behind the eponymously named domaine coming out of Weinviertel, a lesser known area in eastern Austria. While the farm has been in the family since 1802, Michael has taken ownership of viticulture, beginning this as early as his school days. In the past few years, he has not only taken on the land that formerly was leased, he has also taken on about 25 hectares of land, effectively doubling his land holdings. This is important to his aesthetic due to his attempts to biodynamically farm this land and bring on other crops, allowing for biodiversity for the vines. The ultimate goal is creating a farm that will allow the family to keep things autarchic. This is driven home by the fact that the wood for oak and acacia barrels comes from the woods on his property. Michael’s winemaking is minimal and thoughtful.
This is Gruner made into a slightly oxidative and slightly orange style. The juice is aged for a mere ten hours on the skins and aged in acacia barrels. Expect something intriguing unlike any Gruner you may have had before.
Weingut Barbara Ohlzelt, Gruner Leader 2020Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Gruner Veltliner (1 LITER)
Barbara Öhlzelt founded her project in 2004, and in a short timeframe, she has gained much-deserved attention and love from the wine community. She’s a one-woman show with a lot of hustle and dedication to farming 15 acres of grapes. She is a quiet, soft-spoken woman, and the wines match her personality. They are laser focused on texture and complexity but not in a way that brashly hits you in the head. The wines are delightful and, and this subtle juice is the brilliance behind the winery. There is restraint which can be the hardest thing to achieve. Her vineyard parcels are from an area in Kamptal called Heiligenstein, and these parcels say a lot about the winery as a whole as the sites are mostly old vine on incredible terroir. Her wines at all price points stand out as best-in-class and hit outside of their category. This alone should make anyone who enjoys Gruner or Riesling seek out her wines.
Weingut Bernhard Ott, Am Berg Gruner Veltliner 2021Regular price $22.00 Save $-22.00
Variety: Gruner Veltliner
Without a doubt, Bernhard Ott is making some of the best wine in Austria today. While his family has been producing wine in Wagram since the late 19th century, there was a pivotal moment that occurred as soon as he took the wheel from his father. He opted to make changes. Biodynamic farming became an enormous focus, so much that the EU contacted him and thought there was an accounting mistake when it was reported he’d used 100,000 Euro worth of manure for composting. He and local vignerons started the Respekt movement in 2007, focusing on the biodynamic wine movement. His fruit is harvested by hand in a region known for its hills. He commits to making the finest Gruner and Riesling in Austria year after year.
‘Am Berg’ means ‘from the mountain' and stands as the entry level wine. It’s delightful, quaffable, and fresh having been aged in steel only.