With Austria being the second largest organic farming community in Europe and Rudolf Steiner, a founder of biodynamics, being Austrian, we were spoilt for choice of a supplier from this minor wine-producing country. Toni Soellner’s were the wines which stood out. He began growing grapes in 1989 and was joined by Daniela when they married in Biodynamic methods are used on 6 terraced sites.
Vineyard size 20 hectares. Organic since 2000.
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Roter Veltliner Von Gösing Soellner
The name may be similar to the better known Grüner Veltliner but the varieties are apparently unrelated. There are similarities in flavour, but think more red apple than the green one finds in a decent Grüner. You can add a slice of yellow plum too, maybe even some pear, but the whole thing is embedded in a zingy layer of minerals. It’s fresh, vibrant and finishes on a subtle note of spice. Nice with a bit of oriental food, but very happy to be sipped on its own as an aperitif.
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