Graf Hardegg Weinviertel
Well-travelled Peter Veyder-Malberg makes an increasingly high standard of wines here from 43 ha of vineyard in what is a comparative wilderness for quality wines in Austria. Some 40% of the plantings are Grüner Veltliner, responsible for a number of good examples including: a lively Veltlinsky; a more mineral, intense and pure example, Graf Hardegg, that qualifies under new appellation rules as Weinviertel DAC; and a richer example from the Steinbügel site. A further Grüner is released under the Schloss banner from vineyards surrounding the property. But the estate has received more attention for wines such as Viognier (Austria’s first), Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. The Rote Reserve (not tasted) is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a little Zweigelt. The Viognier is fermented on the skins and has good concentration and flavour but the alcohol can be obtrusive (if now better balanced than previously). Pinot Noir from Steinbügel shows promise but a dense Riesling from the same site is more impressive. A peculiarity is Forticus, a fortified red from Blauburger and Merlot grapes. Also released under the Graf Hardegg label is a Zweigelt and a rosé from Zweigelt and Pinot Noir. Schloss Riesling and Pinot Noir examples are made and Brut Sekt white and rosé are also released.
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