The name 'Graupert' means 'unkempt' or 'tangled up', and this refers to the fact these biodynamic Zweigelt vines have been left to grow completely wild and free in accordance with the belief that nature can most often find it's own optimum dynamic balance. After a decade this has indeed happened, and the vines produce bunches with much smaller berries giving a higher proportion of skin to juice. For the winemaker this is great news, as it means more extract, aroma and complexity. Rich in juicy red berry and cherry flavour, but with invigorating minerally, fresh acidity. This is a different, but hugely drinkable wine. As it is produced naturally and unfiltered, the wine can appear cloudy, or have a harmless sediment, which does not affect the quality.
'Fresh hedgerow fruit - more blackberry than blackcurrant - and fragrant without any overt sweetness. Terrific freshness and energy, with vibrant and crunchy fruit without being either sweet or simple. Lovely, long, fresh, juicy finish. Both digestible and very versatile with food. The tannins are compact but smooth, in balance with the fruit.' 16.5 points, JancisRobinson.com, Julia Harding July 2013 (2010 vintage)
'Perfumed, powerful stuff from a biodynamic vineyard that has been allowed to grow wild with no pruning. Bloody, earthy, iron oxide dryness on the nose is appealing. The palate has a lovely juiciness and freshness, filled with subtle, dry, edgy and vinous black fruit, but the sense of cool dryness is what drives this. Savoury, more-ish and grilled-meat and roast friendly.' 92 points, The Wine Gang (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.