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. Biodynamic methods are used on 6 terraced sites.
Vineyard size 20 hectares. Organic since 2000.
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Zweigelt-St Laurent ‘Oibelos’, Soellner
This marriage of two classic Austrian red varieties is a happy one. St Laurent is actually French in origin being a close relative of Pinot Noir and these grapes combine lightness, earthy characters and good acidity. This produces a versatile and very accessible smooth red that’s medium-bodied, stylish and well-poised. A touch smoky, there are flavours of dark berries and black cherrries – maturation in small and large oak barrels for around 18 months adds depth and warmth to its ripe fruit.