Gruner Veltliner 'Manila', Martin Nittnaus, Burgenland, Austria 2016

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Gruner Veltliner 'Manila', Martin Nittnaus, Burgenland, Austria 2016

24.50

There's nothing wrong with sitting on the fence and that's exactly where we sit when it comes to 'natural' wines versus 'regular' wines. We are proudly non-binary, ardent fans of the grey area and from up here we can see that the grass is just as green on both sides. Here's a wine from the 'natural' side that straddles the divide to our great satisfaction. It's a skin-fermented Gruner Veltliner, made without chemical additions (zero sulphur) and woven among its trademark varietal aromas of sweet grapefruit and white pear are the signature aromas of a well-made 'natural' wine (i.e. it doesn't taste of cider) showing floral notes (white flowers, snapped stems), herbal notes (fennel leaves, mint) and chalky mineral elements from the limestone soil. Fermentation was instigated with wild yeasts and it spent 8 days fermenting on the skins. A very cool and classy white wine that should unite partisans on both sides. Drink now-2020.

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