MARTIN + ANNA ARNDORFER GEMISCHTER SATZ GRUNER VELTLINER RIESLING 2020
LIVELY SUBTLE PETALS
CLASSIC / ORGANIC / 750ML
A charming field blend (Neuburger, Gruner and Riesling) that speaks of both place and producer. Refreshing floral aromatics synonyms with the region and a lively wild fleshly edge highlighted by the producers.
From the Distributor: Certified Organic. Usually 60% Neuburger, 25% Gruner and 15% Riesling – a traditional field blend for this part of the Kamptal. Vineyard: Strasser Wechselberg – terraced vineyard at altitude 230-240 m. Planted in 1958 and soil is loess. All grapes were macerated 4 hours on skins before pressing. Whole bunch pressing, fermentation with native yeasts and aged for 10 months on the lees. 44 % in used French oak (228 liters and 10-12 years old) and 56 % in stainless steel barrels (75 gallons) with zero battonage or racking. Naturally occurring malo. No fining, just smart filtered once (a fine metal mesh to catch large solids). Sulfur added once (20mg/lt) – just before bottling. Approx. 75 cases produced annually. Martin is nothing if not quixotic and his pursuit of this vineyard and resulting wine reflect his vision and passion. He bought this parcel on the Wechselberg from an older farmed in 2005. Most of the terraces on this hill had been reworked and replanted (widened for tractors), but this little plot was the last piece with skinny terraces and old vines. He went to his father about buying the parcel (his dad still controlled the business’ money at the time), and his father said f*#k no. His objections were that it’s 100% handwork (no tractors) , the vines were “old” and they were going to need replanting in 20/30 years, and that it was just not good investment. To pile on and make it a multi-generational shaming, his grandfather said if Martin bought it, he was going to lie to his friends at the cafe in town and say he knows nothing about it. So, yeah of course Martin bought it. He used his own bit of personal savings and went 50/50 with his brother. And voila – stunning old vine Gemischter Satz completely worked by hand. His father and grandfather both love the wine now by the way.
From the Producer: Rooted in our home region Kamptal, we used the freedom from our families... We studied, travelled and spent hours with fascinating people enjoying wine. With rich treasure of great friendships and impressions, we came back to our origin to craft our own wines and walk our paths in the Kamptal. Our wines are the best representatives of what and who we are. They carry our thoughts, our origin and our journeys; they reflect our personality, craft and history.
Because of our experience that nature is the strongest force, we'd love to work with her. Because the knowledge that the soil is the most intelligent part we deal with, we‘ve decided to trust him. Because the beliefs that the plants nourish our soil, we let them grow. With these ideas and confidence we don‘t interact in the cellar, which causes that our wines transport the natural taste of the grape. These decisions we make by ourselves and let our personalities speak in our wines. We think that winemakers are artisans, or even artists. Their work requires creativity, sensitivity and an enormous amount of personality. Everything you would attribute to an artist….. We have made it our task to produce wines that unite origin and passion, wines that arouse curiosity in the wine world across the globe.
GRANITE HILLS GRUNER VELTLINER 2020
MACEDON RANGES, VICTORIA
AROMATIC CRISP CLEAN
CLASSIC / 750ML
An aromatic grape variety at heart, Gruner Veltliner has excelled in high altitude granitic soils of Granite Hills, Macedon. The wine has an inviting breath, quince and tart tinned fruit.
From the Producer and wineries of Victoria (publication): Relatively new to Australia, this intriguing varietal was selected and planted at the family vineyard due to its viticultural link with riesling and renowned success in the cool-granite soils of homeland Austria. A perfect pairing with food, enjoy this wine’s hearty aromatics of stone fruit, lovely rounded palate and fresh, spicy finish
Established in 1970 by fourth-generation grazier Gordon Knight and wife Heather Knight, Granite Hills is one of Australia’s highest and most picturesque vineyards – perched atop the spectacular boulder-strewn hills of the Great Dividing Range at 550-metres altitude, and only one hour’s drive north of Melbourne. Since the first planting in 1970, Granite Hills’ wines have amassed an excess of 500 awards at Australian and international wine shows, making it one of the region’s most acclaimed wineries.
Granite Hills is currently owned and operated by Gordon and Heather’s son, Llew Knight. An experienced and passionate winemaker, Llew is a cool-climate wine enthusiast. His winemaking philosophy is to coax the most pronounced flavours from classic varieties using a range of winemaking and oak-management techniques, creating distinctive cool-climate wine styles that are marked by their complexity and ageing ability.