Wimmer-Czerny, Grüner Veltliner Hauswein, 'The Flyfisher', Wagram, Austria, NV, 1 Litre
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Spritzy, hazy and citrusy, this hauswein has a lot going on. Granted, it's not stylistically what you might consider a house wine, but my gosh you should make it yours. It certainly brings the funk with a touch of tart cider-y like qualities (this is your warning), but the wine is clean, fresh and simply quaffable. It's relatively good value (remember, it's a litre size bottle) and lots of fun, bottled under crown cap for added informality.
This wine is part of our friends', Mayfly Wine Co.'s, limited 'Fly Series'. The wine is produced and bottled by their agency, Weingut Wimmer-Czerny, and labelled by Mayfly. Each wine in the series is labelled with a fishing fly, illustrated by Pete's (the owner) father-in-law. In this case, the label is an oil painting of Pete himself chancing his luck in a chalk stream.
Wimmer-Czerny is certified Demeter and is farmed organically and bio-dynamically. Hans Czerny is totally obsessed with the unique soils (Loess, Gneiss) and the single vineyard sites in Wagram, each one lending an individual and fascinating character to the grapes. He is fanatical about the geological history and ecology of the region, and farms livestock to enhance the land and cultivate his compost, which, when explained on a visit earlier this year, pretty much sounds like it has magical properties… Hans’ sheer dedication, knowledge, craftsmanship, and attention to the natural environment sing through in his spectacular set of wines.