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Weingut Dorli Muhr

Region:

Austria & Hungary

Appellations:

Carnuntum

Colour Range:

Red, White

Price Range:

£67.50 - £264.00

Number of Wines:

8 wines

Weingut Dorli Muhr

The exciting Weingut Dorli Muhr project began in 2002 as a collaboration between Austrian PR guru Dorli Muhr and celebrated Portuguese winemaker Dirk Niepoort. Following twenty years of travelling together in Portugal and Italy, Dorli longed for the refreshing cool-climate red wines of her native Austria. She decided to buy a tiny parcel of Blaufrankisch vines on the Spitzerberg hill, in what was then the relatively unknown region of Carnuntum. Located in the eastern part of the country and moderated by close proximity to the Danube, Carnuntum is one of the warmest, driest parts of Austria, making it particularly adept at producing red wines. As of 2019 Dorli bought out the estate in its entirety and rebranded from Muhr-van der Niepoort to Weingut Dorli Muhr and she is now regarded as one of Europe’s leading women winemakers. In addition, Ried Spitzerberg was in 2019 officially recognised as an Erste Lage, the highest category of Austrian vineyards; its recognition of quality almost single handedly driven by Dorli. The estate has gone from strength to strength, particularly with the installation of the young Lukas Brandstatter as winemaker, and Weingut Dorli Muhr now constitutes arguably the best red wine producer in Austria.

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The estate converted to fully organic viticulture in 2015 and over the past fifteen years has grown to 12 hectares in size, producing an average of 30k bottles a year; still small by anyone’s standards. Harvesting is carried out entirely by hand and in the winery the wines are left to ferment slowly in traditional wooden vats with wild yeasts and varying proportions of whole bunches. Samt & Seide (Velvet & Silk) is the core wine of the estate making up at least half of the total production. A pure Blaufrankisch sourced entirely from the Spitzerberg and aged in traditional Austrian Fuders, it comes from a selection of parcels of different vine ages located at different aspects and altitudes, blended to produce a very complete, accomplished and fresh style of wine, offering up saline acidities and forest fruit. The Spitzerberg itself is an extraordinary terroir for wine grapes, grown on limestone and calcareous sandy soils. Hard, meagre and low-yielding, it produces wines with clear minerally pocked textures, bright aromatics and ravishing acidities. A specific Ried Spitzerberg bottling is produced in very small quantities from the oldest vines. Stylistically more serious and structured, it is a true “vin de garde” and has all the elements to age beautifully over decades. Finally, and although a smaller part of the production, Dorli is delighted with their white wine; a Prellenkirchen (village) Gruner Veltliner from 35 year old vines blended with up to 10% Riesling which gives it a lift of freshness and perfume. Incredibly saline and savoury-spicy on the palate, it is an amazingly intense and complex style of Gruner that pairs extremely well with food. We are delighted to represent the estate exclusively in the UK.

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Weingut Dorli Muhr