2015 Meinklang "Graupert" Grauburgunder Burgenland (Biodynamic) SKU #1304962


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Just a facinating wine from one of my new favorite producers. Meinklang run a fully holistic farm (including 800 head of Angus cattle) and produce Demeter certified Biodynamic wines. The "Graupert" Grauburgunder is sourced from a vineyard that is entirely "wild". The vines aren't pruned, trellised etc. There is no yield control or leaf plucking; literally vines growing free in their own environment. The term "graupert" is a local dialect expression meaning an unkempt or scruffy person in reference to the sprawling nature of the vines. The fruit is then spontaneously fermented (on skins for 11 days) in a mix of concrete eggs and small stainless steel tanks. No fining, filtration and just a small amount of sulfur for stability. This is a wine that has so much character; it's aromatic and has some funky characters but is actually brighter, fresher and cleaner than one might think. It's very varietal with floral aspects, peach, passion fruit even, lots of skin / lees derived phenolics and texture keeping it quite savory on the palate but not bitter or tannic at all like some "orange" wines can be. Really cool stuff - edgy but very well executed. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L Austrian Wine buyer)

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  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    This is the cleanest tasting "natural" wine I have ever had, and for fans of the style this flinty, very fruity, well balanced wine is a must try. I am not usually a fan of "sans soufre" bottlings, as they have a little too much dirty foot aroma and flavor, but this is completely clean. A very tasty bottle of Pinot Gris, with great richness and texture!


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