Quantum 'Bastard of Grapes' Gruner Veltliner Weinviertel 2018

Article number: Quantum Bastard of Grapes Gruner Veltliner Weinviertel 18
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Austria’s Weinviertel is the source of much of the easy-drinking, affordable Grüner Veltliner found today in the US. Florian Schuhmann’s grower-project “Quantum” eschews literally every aspect of how wines are generally farmed and made in the flat, fertile plains of the Weinviertel. “Quantum” refers to both scale and focus: Schuhmann farms less than four hectares with no plans to expand, and is personally involved in every step of the process from vineyard work to cellar work to label design and production. He also only focuses on old vines, forgotten plots that yield tiny amounts of fruit. Geographically, Schuhmann’s home of Maissau is 25 miles from the Czech border, and a good 40 miles to Vienna. All of this adds up to miniscule quantities of wine that is simultaneously unique and experimental, yet ultimately delicious and drinkable. This, the “white” bastard, is 100% grüner veltliner from nearly 50 year old vines. Far from your typical easy-drinker, this is grüner turned up to 11! Approximately seven days of skin contact gives this a powerful kick of black pepper spice, followed up by a full-bodied palate laden with deep sweet fruit - think candied pears, juicy cantaloupe, and a burst of fresh green apple. Notes of lush green herbs and a stony freshness just add to the complex, dense nature of this cuvée. Fine tannins on the finish are balanced by a lees-y texture, adding to its exotic appeal. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, biodynamically grown, low-intervention, vegan.

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