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MA Arndorfer, Gruner Veltliner Strasser Weinberge 2018
Gruner Veltliner 100%
Martin & Anna Arndorfer
Classic Gruner Veltliner with an added twist from this innovative produce: Winemaker Martin Arndorfer has tempered Gruner's sharp-edged acidity, rounding it off by giving the wine just the merest whisper of oak: some of the wine spends a short period ageing in large, old oak barrels, which, along with lees contact lends it a subtle, delicate creamy vanilla note. Ideal with seafood, especially shellfish and oysters.
Both Martin and Anna hail from winemaking families, and luckily caught the wine bug early in life--growing up in the vineyards, helping in the cellar, coming to know the region with an intimacy of an old friend. Through this invaluable experience, along with familial connections and an openness to revive derelict vineyards, they have been able to secure some sites with old vines planted as early as 1958. Time spent at school for winemaking, coupled with stints working internationally, has greatly influenced their style and penchant for experimentation. Working in Italy, Martin gained an appreciation for using oak barrels as means of making age-worthy whites and reds with complexity. Going to school also taught them what they didn�t want to do, and with each vintage, they become more hands-off with their winemaking. Experimenting with skin-maceration, letting the fermentations run at their own pace, and a dedicated focus on their region�s site-specific terror are just a few of the reasons I�m excited to keep trying their wines whenever possible.