Muhr van der Niepoort

The exciting Muhr-Van der Niepoort project began in 2002 as a collaboration between Austrian PR guru Dorli Muhr and celebrated Portuguese winemaker Dirk Niepoort. Following twenty years of travelling and working together in Portugal and Italy, Dorli was longing for the refreshing cool-climate red wines of her native Austria. Thus, she bought 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.


The Spitzerberg is an extraordinary terroir, being on almost pure limestone and calcareous sandy soils. Hard, meagre and low-yielding, it produces wines with clear minerally pocked textures, bright aromatics and ravishing acidities. Dorli and Dirk’s first vintage yielded a mere 500L of juice, which they fermented and vinified in the cellar of a local friend. From small beginnings though Muhr-Van der Niepoort has steadily grown through a strategy of buying-up and tending to old, formerly abandoned plots, fallow ground and planting new vines; investing a great deal in the process. A small cellar was built in 2007 and a full time oenologue, Lukas Brandstatter, was brought on in 2014 from neighbouring Burgenland. Dirk Niepoort remains a key strategic consultant to the winery and is always close at hand.


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. Pure Blaufrankisch 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 amongst cushioned forest fruit. A model of gentle extractions, pure fruit and moreish drinkability, it really lives up its name. A Ried Spitzerberg 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. Great terroir, a talented team, and beautifully balanced wines make Muhr-Van der Niepoort one of Austria’s leading producers. We are delighted to be representing the estate exclusively in the UK from 2018.
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Colour Range:
White, Red
Number of Wines:
3 wines
Price Range:
£65.00 - £245.00
Muhr van der Niepoort