It’s pretty hard to believe that this is the “entry-level” wine from Malat. It has depth and complexity, ripe lime zest and floral aromatics that make us want to order sushi or make some curry.
Organic farming practices, hand-harvested, and native yeast fermentation.
It is never easy to fill the shoes of a powerful and polarizing figure, like Gerald Malat. Gerald’s tall, handsome and forever smiling son, is doing just that. In fact, the shoe size seems to have gotten even bigger under Michael’s direction. The previous level has been elevating under Michael’s eagle-like eyes which have set him on his upward climb. There is something extraordinary and unique about the expression of these vineyards under Michael’s direction. Even the entry-level wines find absolute deliciousness and express enough intellect to enamor us wine geeks. There is a range of yellow fruits and spiciness that walks you through a stone fruit grove and into a baker’s shop first thing in the morning. These wines seem to be born with a natural gravitation towards the highest level and each vintage seems to trump the previous one. The limit of the quality this estate is churning out has not yet been established.
Kremstal is one of the most recent DAC to be added to Austria. Founded in 2007, just west of the Wachau, this large appellation is divided into three significant zones. The most western part of the valley, near Stein, is primarily rocky soils, ideal for the elegant, yet intense, Riesling varietal. As you move east towards the historic town of Krems, deep loess soils cover the vineyards allowing Gruner Veltliner to express its highly aromatic and fresh nature. The third zone of the Kremstal is located on the southern banks of the Danube River, where some of the most pleasant wine villages are found. The deep valley is protected by the northern cool winds, though the warm Pannonian winds from the east are still strikingly present, resulting in a riper style wine.
The most important grape of Austria, Grüner Veltliner can be made in a myriad of styles. These fruity, herbaceous, and peppery wines give a mouth-watering acidity making them ultra charming and delightful. A very versatile food wine, Grüner Veltliner can be enjoyed throughout your meal or while lounging on your porch as a spring sipper. Drink while the bloom of youth is still on it!
Although small, Austria’s Kamptal region is quickly rising to international fame. Located just 35 miles northwest of Vienna, this steep, sunny region is known for its dramatic terraced vineyards planted along the local Kamp river. Similar to neighboring Wachau and Kremstal, Kamptal experiences large diurnal temperature swings, meaning that days are very warm and nights are quite cold, which help maintain a crisp, zesty acidity in the fruit cultivated here. Like many regions in northern Austria, Kamptal is best known for its spicy, lip-puckering bottles of Gruner Veltliner and Riesling. Local regulations state that all wines labeled as Kamptal must be vinified dry and boast a minimum ABV of 11.5% (Reserve designated wines must clock in at least 13%). Dry reds produced from the local Zweigelt grape are often compared to earthy, cooler-climate expressions of Pinot Noir. Sweet wines, as well as other wines that don’t adhere to Kamptal’s rigid standards, will simply boast the larger Niederosterreich classification on their labels. Kamptal officially received its DAC status in 2008. Its main village, Langenlois, is a major hub for oenotourisme, as it is known for its ancient network of underground cellars.
Sauvignon Blanc lovers, don’t sleep on Bordeaux Blanc. Vinified with a bit of Sémillon, these textured and thirst-quenching wines are some of the most underrated, budget-friendly bottles on the market. Next time the mood for SB strikes, give Bordeaux a whirl – you’ll thank us later.
Certified sustainable farming practices and only 2,500 cases produced.
It’s Sancerre – need we say more? Sancerre is the king of all Sauvignon Blanc. It’s consistent, classic and never disappoints. Cherrier Frères Sancerre delivers exactly what you want: a lively, zesty, crisp and delicious white wine.
Organic farming practices, and native yeast fermentation in stainless steel tanks.
This Chardonnay is a total CA babe. It’s vibrant and fresh with a silky palate and touch of sea salt on the finish. In short, it’s an all-around crowd pleaser.
Organic farming practices and only 90 cases produced.
Forget the stereotypes you may have heard – this is not your typical Chardonnay. It’s lean, mean, and completely jumps out of the glass. Medium bodied and refreshing, the wine’s 12 months of aging in oak barrels (24% new) adds the perfect amount of body weight to this well-balanced bottle.
Organic, unfined, and unfiltered. Only 600 cases produced. Magnums = double the size, which means double the fun, no?