Martin and Anna Arndorfer "Vereinter Schatz" Kamptal 2020
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Direct Press Selection | February 2022
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Another Austrian field blend, this time a red version from the Kamptal, and it’s just Zweigelt and Pinot Noir. Gamey and juicy, with cranberry, rooibos, and herbal tea spice. There’s a little barnyard on the nose but not so much that it’s distracting. Lots of earthy, grippy texture, notes of iron, leather, and savory sumac. It shows the lively tension of grapes picked at different ripeness levels, but stays satisfyingly crunchy. Fermented and aged in neutral oak with just 10ppm of sulfur added at bottling.
When we did our Austrian theme in September, the two Arndorfer offerings were huge hits, so it was an easy call to include more from Martin and Anna. They have been pushing the boundaries in the more conservative Kamptal region, where their methods run counter to economics by seeking harmony with nature. Their curious, playful, open-minded attitude has resulted some of the most innovative wines I’ve tasted in Austria, and the Vereinter Schatz is another highlight. [Jonathan Kemp, February 2022]