Duo Four - Austrian Whites
Two of our favourite and most limited whites from Austria.
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(Kamptal, Austria) Nibiru - Alte Reben Riesling 2017
Stunning dry Riesling from Northeastern Austria. This comes from a small plot of their best vines, picked a touch later than the rest of their vineyards, and ferments naturally in an old barrel where it stays for one year before aging for two years in bottle prior to release. This is always a wine that needs time, and we are thrilled to finally list this 2017. Intense mineral and tense backbone but surrounded by gorgeous stone fruits, citrus fruits, herbal notes, and a lovely texture. A distinct expression of this noble grape.
A great insight into the top range from Julia & Josef, a young couple who are only on their third vintage but showing impressive maturity. 'Alte Reben' means 'old vines' and represents a series of single-variety wines they produce from tiny parcels of their oldest and best vineyards.
(Burgenland, Austria) Joiseph - Fogosch 2018
Unusual yet gorgeous expression of the Grüner Veltliner grape. The wine is fermented and aged in old barrels for one year, has a lovely texture, a bit of cloudiness and wildness, yet a distinct precision and a finish that goes on and on. Fresh and complex at the same time, a must try.
Joiseph is a collaboration between three friends that started with the 2015 vintage and has grown from a tiny hectare to nearly five hectares. The wines across the range are distinct, wildly exciting, and full of energy.