Nikolaihof 'Hefeabzug' Wachau Grüner Veltliner
Winery Village: Mautern
Grape variety: Grüner Veltliner
Vineyard: Sourced from multiple sites near Mautern
Wine Making: Long, slow fermentation in 100% Stainless steel
Farming: Demeter Certified Biodynamic
Nikolaihof’s holdings are some of the farthest east in the Wachau near the village of Mautern on the Danube’s south bank. These are also some of the oldest known vineyards in Europe with sites such as “im Weingebirge” being mentioned as far back as 470AD. Whether it’s Nikolaus biodynamic know-how, his focus on ancestral vinification techniques, or the quality of his terroir, the resulting wines are wildly unique and joyful. They are singular wines; irreplicable anywhere else in the wine making world.
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The 2018 Grüner Veltliner Hefeabzug opens with a clear, elegant and warm, well-balanced and slightly flinty bouquet of ripe fruits, blossoms and almonds. The attack on the palate is vivacious then round and lush. Bottled with 11.5% alcohol, the 2018 doesn’t taste as dry as this wine normally is and reminds me of grape juice but in a more elaborated, refined and mineral way. .