New Producer: Muhr-Van der Niepoort

New Producer: Muhr-Van der Niepoort
We are delighted today to offer the wines of leading Austrian estate Muhr-Van der Niepoort for the very first time. Exclusive to Justerini & Brooks as of 2018, Muhr-Van der Niepoort is a collaborative project between Austrian PR guru Dorli Muhr and the eminent Portuguese winemaker Dirk Niepoort. The estate is based in the eastern region of Carnuntum, one of the warmest and driest parts of Austria, which makes it particularly suited to producing top-notch Blaufrankisch. Production is small, fully organic, and the estate comprises a total of 12 hectares on the poor, rocky soils of the Spitzerberg hill. All of the grapes are hand harvested with rigorous selection, and winemaking centres on traditional methods including foot treading, wooden fermenters and no pumps; all efforts to ensure purity of fruit and gentle extractions, before long ageing in large wooden fuders.

The propitious terroir of the Spitzerberg is widely regarded as the best in the Carnuntum region, and its gorgeous, aromatic, mineral accented wines are the driving force behind Carnuntum’s rapid rise from relative obscurity over the past decade. With a sharp eye for detail and beautifully balanced wines, Dorli Muhr and her team have quickly established themselves as the region’s leading producer, steadily accumulating parcels of neglected old vines and nursing them back to health. Samt & Seide, which translates as “Velvet & Silk” is the estate’s core Blaufrankisch; a beautiful alpine-fresh wine etched with summer berries, black raspberry and forest fruit. Top of the range is the single vineyard Ried Spitzerberg. Regarded as one of the top single vineyard reds in Austria it is a selection of the oldest and best Blaufrankisch vines, averaging 45-60 years old, from the equivalent of just one hectare. The last wine is a Gruner Veltliner, laced with 10% Riesling, grown entirely on the meagre, hard soils of the Spitzerberg, but taking its name from the village of Prellenkirchen. Savoury and spicy, imbued with enormous personality, it will appeal to lovers of edgy yet food-friendly serious white wines.

“Thanks to the pioneering work of the duo, Spitzerberg has been accepted as one of the best origins for Blaufränkisch in all of Austria, and Muhr-Niepoort’s Spitzerberg has become one of Austria’s finest red wines. No other Austrian red mirrors the vintage character as much as this Blaufränkisch, whose style is based on crystalline purity, elegance, depth and finesse.” […]

“The 2015 Spitzerberg is terribly deep, pure, fresh and concentrated as well as characterful on the nose, where black tea and dark cherry aromas are displayed but also floral aromas. On the palate this is enormously silky, juicy, deep and fresh, with perfectly ripe tannins, good freshness and breathtaking energy. This is the richest and most complex Spitzerberg I have ever tasted. This is such a juicy, silky, fresh and refined Blaufränkisch that cannot compete with any wine of the world because it's in a category of its own. It's a Spitzerberg.” - 95 points. Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate ed. 233

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