June 23, 2017

February Wine of the Month Selections

February, 2015

Wine of the Month Club

Selections and tasting notes

 

Welcome to Austria! Some of you have grown accustomed to their most popular wine; Gruner Veltliner. This month we will have the Austrian National varietals: Gruner and Zweigelt.

The Moser family is one of Austria’s grand, traditional viticultural dynasties. In 1848, Anton Moser started his own wine estate in the village of Rohrendorf.  The most famous descendant of the family is the viticulture pioneer Dr. Lenz Moser, who in the 1950s developed the high training system of the vine. Sepp Moser founded the today´s estate in 1987 with vineyards in the Austrian wine-growing areas Kremstal and Neusiedlersee. He ambitiously dedicated himself to creating exquisite wines full of character from best sites.

Sepp´s son Nikolaus took over the estate in 2000. He was one of the first wine-growers in Austria to convert his vineyards to biodynamic: the soil is the key. Bio-dynamically cultivated vineyards are supplied exclusively with organic fertilizers. Compost from cattle, sheep or horse manure creates an active soil life. Earthworms, microbes and bacteria build up stable humus compounds. Cover crops made up of both cultivated and wild plants further enrich the soil life. This is the basis for plentiful biodiversity with many beneficial insects.

Biodynamic practices aim to strengthen the vine. This empowers the wine made from such vines to better express the influences of soil, region, grape variety, and vintage, as well as the personality of the wine maker. The six compost preparations are added in minute quantities to improve the conversion of the organic material. The field preparations are stirred with water and applied directly to the earth to stimulate soil processes or sprayed onto the leaves and grapes to influence the effect of light and ripening impulses.

Grandfather Lenz Moser never wanted his “private” Atrium house to be used to make wine; he just wanted to live there and enjoy his days. After Sepp Moser founded his own winery in 1987, the in-house cellar was adapted step by step to a wine-cellar. Starting with a few tanks, then a labelling machine, then a few oak barrels…. In 2000, the state-of-the-art press house was built, as well as the tank store and the modern barrel cellar. The Atrium house has now the capacity to process the grapes – which are solely harvested by hand – of over 50 hectares from the Kremstal and Neusiedlersee. As expected, Niki Moser combines his family’s knowledge and tradition with the possibilities of modern technology and with his philosophy of regional identity and a viniculture which stays close to nature.

There is one main aim in the cellar: the quality of the grapes shall be brought with as little influence as possible to the bottle. They are harvested by hand, and brought to the cellar of the Atrium House in Rohrendorf. Here, Niki Moser emphasizes gentle vinification, and tries to interfere as little as possible with the process, so that each wine can develop its own individual style. The fermentation starts spontaneously, the maturing of the wine takes place on its own.

SEPPSEPP Gruner Veltliner

2013 Gruner VeLtliner

Niederosterreich, Austria

 

 

Gruner Veltliner is every bit as typical for Austria as the Empress Sissi, the Danube waltzes, and the handsome name Sepp. SEPP Veltliner grows in Lower Austria; cosseted by the sun during the day and challenged by the cool night, the grapes develop their fresh fruit and legendary white pepper snap. Feels right at home as an accompanist to fish, fowl, or salad, and sings a good solo song as well.

 

Pale lemon yellow, this wine has a touch of honey on the nose. The palate has flavors of bright lime, lemon and grapefruit with steely minerality and refreshing acidity. The wine has a surprisingly weighty texture and a mouthwatering finish.

 

 

Club price: $12.99

(Regular price: $14.99)

 

SEPPSEPP Zweigelt

2013 Zweigelt

Burgenland, Austria

 

 

 

Sepp and Zweigelt: Here we find that time-honored Austrian family wine name harmoniously linked with Austria’s most prominent red variety. SEPP Zweigelt is full-bodied and fruit driven, for which it thatnks its good upbringing to the sunny vineyards of Pannonia. The Zweigelt mingles wonderfully with pasta and grilled fish, does nicely alongside lamb, and even in midsummer drinks well just slightly chilled.

 

“Cranberry sauce flavors and refreshing acidity make this a very delicious wine to be consumed young. Unhindered by oak or undue extraction, this shows its charming, primary fruit in an open, uncomplicated way.”                              –Wine Enthusiast

 

 

 

Club price: $12.99

(Regular price: $14.99)

 Andrea Shank

Beverage Manager

Tinnell’s Finer Foods

540.345.7334

aeshank@gmail.com

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