Type: PACKArnold Holzer has been helming operations at the family estate for 15 years. Impressing himself on more than just vineyard management and winemaking, he has helped formulate one of the most distinctive brand identities in the wine world, with labels and wines that are brimming with unique personaliy. Vibrant labels and ultra pure wines made from indigenous Austrian varieties such as Gruner Veltliner and Zweigelt, with some rare ones such as Roter Veltliner and a curveball or two in the form of skin contact Muller Thurgau and deadly Rieslings.
Gruner Veltliner is known for having re-appearing acidity, which sounds like something out of Willy Wonka. ZERO-G is his entry level Gruner and will be familar to many due to it's prolific presence on the wine lists of Dublin. It is named after the mountain goats that dot the Wagram hillsides, seeminly defying gravity. The red ZERO-G is made from Zweigelt, a bright and light wine that is none the less super intense in flavour, with crunchy fruit and stunning acidity. There is also another Zweigelt; Blauer Zweigelt, which sees a bit of oak, making it an altogether more serious wine. LIMIT Gruner is a less conventional Gruner, with a little skin contact to increase the depth and complexity but keep the clean incisive fruit, it's grown off sandy soil, which imparts beautiful white and pink fruit flavours, backed by stunning acidity.
INVASION OF GREAT TASTE is a great intro to Orange Wine (white wine made with a little skin contact - there are not oranges in it!). It is made from Muller-Thurgau, a hybrid variety made in a lab - a test tube wine. More interesting is the story of the label, expanded on in the DEEP DIVE NOTES. Lastly, my favourite, Roter Veltliner is a super rare variety, that is very hard to grow (hence the fickle diva on the label) DAS GEHOLZ is singularly unique, a terroir-led Wagram beauty with a little creamy oak, that seems to encompass the whole Holzer schtick.
We love these wines, incredible value and variety - get amongst it!