BURGENLAND, Eastern Austria
As much as we love to celebrate the crafty small timers, what the world needs today is a model for responsible eco business writ large. Meinklang is proof that you can be totally ginormous and uphold the highest standard of environmental ethics. Benchmark farmers in the biodynamic movement, their wines encompass the full gamut of styles with clean, classic table wines comfortably sharing space with totally raw, mind boggling, experimental concoctions and we love it all!
Gruner Veltiner, Welschriesling and Muskat vinified and raised in steel tanks. This is one of those ultimate regional whites that is just universally delightful.
Zwiegelt, Blaufrankish and Sankt Laurent fermented with a semi-carbonic approach to give the wine a little flirtatious bounce!
Super clean young-vine Gruner Veltliner all in steel.
This wine has been a big part of our company from the very beginning! Pinot Noir and some mystery friends directly pressed and spritzed for a little fizz in the glass.
Yeah dude, Pinot Noir from Austria. 10 day maceration in steel, gentle press to steel tanks and some large format older barrels for 8 months aging.
Super interesting grape. Bavarian origin but mostly this is an Austrian variety at this point. Made just like the Pinot Noir
Mostly a rare, juicy grape called Gamaret with a little Blaufrankisch for texture bottled with a little sugar left for bottle fermentation. No added sulfite and hand disgorged after 9 months lees aging in bottle.
GRAUPERT PINOT GRIS
Skin fermented Pinot Gris from an experimental, unpruned vineyard aged in concrete eggs producing a wine that pretty much feels like drinking Autumn.
Unpruned vines of Zwiegelt yield compact berries producing a more deeply structured wine than the Beaujolais adjacent Zwiegelt people are familiar with. Super earthy and age worthy.
Just across the border into Hungary is the legendary terroir of Somlo, a small volcanic hill responsible for the most famous wines of Hungary during the Hapsburg period. Considered one of the world’s greatest terroirs, Meinklang was fortunate enough to grab hold of a small old vineyard to which they’ve applied their biodynamic sensibilities and produced some really special wines.
A blend of early picked Juhfark and Harslevelu given a two day soak with the skins before pressing into tank. Bottled with enough sugar left for some delightful pet nat vibes
Juhfark is a demanding grape that needs a whole bunch of time to come into its own. On the other hand, Harslevelu shows great in youth so the Meinklang team decided to great this multi vintage blend to get the best of both worlds.
Niklas describes the Daytime wines as the 'creative line with no boundaries and a creative approach to fermentation and technique.' These remarkable wines are labeled in collaboration with Coppenhagen based artist Billy Ward and each wine is produced from specially selected fruit and represents a different time of day.
The OG of the Daytime wines is this fascinating Pinot Noir that remains uncrushed in whole bunches for two weeks after picking. The ensuing wine is like Beaujolais from the moon.