Winzerkeller Andau Gruner Veltliner 2010, 750 mlfrom Winzerkeller Andau (View all)
Very snappy and crisp, more of a Weinviertel style than what one customarily expects from Burgenlander GV done entirely in stainless steel, so, persimmons and kumquats, white pepper and citrus zest, very much a wine who longs for the rain to go away, and the pickanicking to commence.
|Bottle size (ml)||750 ml|
|Residual Sugar||1.2 g/l|
|Cellar potential||Ready now this wine will develop further for three to five years.|
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One of the greatest potential resources for a wine importer is a better-than-average co-op—Caves coopérative de vinification in French, Winzergenossenschaft or Winzerkeller in German. This is an association of growers, some of whom own wide-reaching expanses of vineyard—several hectares, possibly—and others who have three rows of grapevines behind the barn. Under central leadership, these grapes are harvested at an arranged time with others of the variety, delivered to the press-house, vinted, fermented, matured and then bottled together under the label of the Coöperative. The world of wine would be a far poorer place indeed, without the activities of the Produtorri di Barbaresco, or the Domäne Wachau—(formerly Die Freie Weingärtner).
For fifty years now, the Winzerkeller Andau has provided its currently almost 300 members with the opportunity to do together that which would be impossible for the individual. And since Austria's entry to the EU in 1995, the coöp has spared no expense—to the tune of some 10 Million Euros—in modernizing its grape-collection technique and winemaking procedures, to the point of reaching a very high standard of quality.
Andau is a little community of some 2400 souls, situated less than a mile from Austria's border with Hungary. Back in the days of barbed-wire, checkpoints and machine guns, this neighborhood had very little to rejoice about, being border-country, one that was in no way encouraged to feel pride at its Magyar heritage, even though the province had been part of Hungary until after the 1st World War. The vineyards bear fruit typical to the area: Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt, Sankt Laurent, Muskatt, Grüner Veltliner and Welschriesling.
People have grown grapes here for the better part of millenia, and the culture has always included the fruit of the vine. Cultures change, and winemaking changes along with it. They have now a modern tasting room, and an aggressive marketing campaign is underway. But not all progress is negative! In these relatively prosperous times, the governing body of the Winzergenossenschaft can actually pay a premium for vine-owners to grow fewer bunches on each vine, achieving a higher standard of quality then hitherto thought possible for a coöperative effort—for growers who a generation earlier sold their wine in cask, and gave only the occasional thought to bottling it.
And so in addition to the popular GV Eiswein Fahrenheit 19, we're happy to add Zweigelt, St Laurent, Blaufränkisch and a dry Grüner Veltliner to our list, all of which deliver top-class performance for a middleclass price.
Powerful wines from the sunny banks of the narrow steppe lake known itself as Neusiedlersee. The hot and dry climate of the eastern banks, known as the Heideboden, offers ideal conditions for growing memorable wines in the categories red, white and nobly sweet. Weissburgunder, Chardonnay and Neuburger yield rich and ageworthy white wines, while the Zweigelt is the most prominent red variety, found in the bottle frequently in the company of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In the town of Gols, the growers' association Pannobile has done much to raise the reputation of the local red wines, and the recent influence of Biodynamics has had a very positive influence on Blaufränkisch produced in the region, rendering it more expressive and less oaky.