Made from biodynamic Pinot Gris grapes, the wine is aptly named--'Graupert' means 'tangled' or 'wild', referring to the vines which are allowed to grow free and wild. The free-growing vines produce bunches with smaller grapes with less juice and thicker skins. This produces greater aromas, gives extra layers of complexity to the wine and even gives the wine its darker colour. The wine spends some time in contact with the skins during fermentation (unusual for white wines) which gives the unusual rose-gold colour. There’s honey, pear and almond on the nose and a buttery, creamy texture with lively acidity, and fruity, mineral weight on the palate. This low-suphur wine is a brilliant vintage, with hints of pepper and herbs to balance out the citrus and orchard fruit flavours. It's not your usual Pinot Gris, but one you must try!
96/100 Decanter Magazine, 'Succulent and perfumed with a tantalising melange of white raspberry and spiced rhubarb. Luxuriant in texture, it is beautifully restrained with a long, fine finish.' Simon Woolfe's Top 10 Natural Wines, May 2017 (2015 vintage)
95/100 Jane Anson's 30 Best-Value Organic & Biodynamic Wines, 'Stood out as easily one of the most enjoyable in a Decanter tasting of more than 100 biodynamic, organic and natural wines, and has delivered again in several retastings. Juicy apricot, nectarine and spiced peaches, with a smoky hazelnut edging. Unfiltered and low sulphur. Drink until 2024' Decanter Magazine, October 2017 (2015 vintage)
The inspiring Mitchlits family own and run this model biodynamic 2,000 hectare estate in the Burgenland region of Austria that fully captures the essence of the holistic philosophy that is so much a central core of biodynamism. This is integrative agriculture that nourishes the land as it nurtures production. Angela looks after the winemaking whislt her husband, Werner, is the overall operational manager. Werner's younger brother is responsible for the herd of Angus steers that roam across the grasslands of their Pannonian estate. This is unique in the Austrian wine community - the herd being the source for the nutritious, organic dung that brings so much natural goodness to the 55 hectares of family vineyards. The family are also meticulous fruit growers and can also claim to have started the first holistic Demeter certified brewery where they craft ancient grain beer from old varieties of wheat. Dedicated & driven, the family stand out from the crowd.
Burgenland is the second largest wine-producing region in Austria bordering Hungary to the east. This is the home of red-wine production, with a focus on Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch grape varieties, occupying a narrow strip of land that runs from the Danube River down to Steiermark in the south.The Pannonian plain encourages warm, easterly winds which coupled with relatively high sunshine hours creates excellent conditions for the production of quality red wines. The mineral-rich volcanic soils are ideal for the vines. Basalt and loess weather together with light layers of sand to make fertile soils. They are loose, well-aerated and retain heat – the perfect conditions for vines. Robust and healthy vines can only grow in soil which is alive, and gives wines of character and individuality. The aim is to create natural and stable habitats for their vines’ co-habitants (natural plants & insects). This is how vine plantations become vineyards. In the cellar only indigenous yeasts are used, there is no fining or filtration and sulphur levels are kept very low. Movement of wine is by gravity with fermentation and maturation being conducted in stainless steel, large used oak barrels or concrete eggs. The Zweigelt and Pinot Gris “Graupert” wines are fashioned from vines that are left to grow totally wild without pruning or trellising – a unique expression of the grape results. These vines produce fewer bunches of thicker-skinned, smaller, and more concentrated grapes, giving a pure expression of their terroir.
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