Graupert Pinot Gris
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!
'Move over rosé, this summer it's all about orange wine. This adventurous Austrian orange wine has a bold, confident character that's easy drinking and packed with flavour' Prima, June 2016 (2013 vintage)
'Extraordinary aroma of dry curry powder. Full of fruit and life.' 17/20 Jancis Robinson April 2012 (2010 vintage)
'So much orchard fruit crunch and citrus, and hints of herbs and pepper. On the palate there’s a real raciness and crisp, crunchy vibrancy. It's an ultra-decisive take on Pinot Gris, loaded with shimmering acid and concentration.' 91 points, The Wine Gang (2010 vintage)
'Graupert, meaning unkempt, explains it all. These biodynamic Pinot Gris vines are allowed to grow wildly in the Austrian countryside as no pruning is undertaken. The result: smaller, concentrated berries showing beeswax and white blossom notes with a mineral streak. This is not your usual Pinot Gris.' 17/20 - 90 points Decanter Magazine January 2013 (2010 vintage)
'These graupert grapes were left to themselves for a decade but far from lacking flavour they have made a concentrated pinot gris with the sort of exotic, spicy, earthy fruit that will make it a good winter white.' Jane MacQuitty 50 Best White Wines for Winter 2012 - Saturday Times (2010 vintage)
Run by the delightful Werner Michlits, the Meinklang vineyards are to be found on the eastern side of Neusiedlersee in eastern Austrian close to the Hungarian border. Long summer days allow for the best physiological ripeness, whilst cool evenings give the grapes ‘resting’ time. Vineyards planted close to the lakes have high atmospheric humidity combined with warm air, the ideal conditions for Austria’s world-famous sweet wines: eiswein, or ice wine. With its clear flavour and well-balanced acidity, it is made from grapes picked when temperatures plummet below freezing.