THE WINES - 2018

HEISS-WEISS 2018

 

SPIRALS 01: HEISS-WEISS 2018

70% Grüner Veltliner, 30% Riesling
Engabrunn, Kamptal, Austria
Winemaker: Christoph Heiss (Malinga)
Fermentation and aging in steel tanks, unfined and unfiltered

After tasting through four separate tanks of Grüner Veltliner, we settled upon our favourite one - perhaps one of the least aromatic, but one with a really special texture, and very moreish spicy notes that really revealed the essence of this grape. Then came the suggestion of giving it an aromatic lift and a touch more acidity through the addition of Riesling. Christoph was initially hesitant as this was a blend he had never done before but it only took a couple of trials to get him on board. The result is a fascinating soft and aromatic white, with a lovely texture and a potent mineral backbone.

 

CHABERNET 2018

 

SPIRALS 02 - CHABERNET 2018

62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Chardonnay
Engabrunn, Kamptal, Austria
Winemaker: Christoph Heiss (Malinga) 
Fermentation and aging in steel tanks for the Cabernet, in an old 500L barrel for the Chardonnay. Unfined and unfiltered.

Having done the preliminary blends for the Heiss Weiss cuvée, we moved on to the reds. We tasted through a couple of different tanks of Zweigelt and St Laurent but it was a tank of Cabernet Sauvignon that captivated us. Christoph’s father had planted this variety in the 90s and it’s a grape that always ended up in the family winery’s house red blend as they haven’t quite known what to do with it in recent times. The wine was delicious, very typical for the grape yet with vibrant fruit and a particular freshness. But it was still Cabernet Sauvignon from Kamptal… not the easiest sell. 

At this stage we thought it best to maybe just focus on the white. As we were heading out however, we noticed a lone barrel in the corner of the tank room which seemed out of place. ‘What’s in the barrel?’ ‘oh, that’s some experimental Chardonnay I was trying out, but I don’t like it’ ‘ok… let’s taste.’ And the rest is history… Two separate wines without a clear identity, without a real purpose, turned into one of the most drinkable and exciting reds we’ve tried in a while, the one and only #CHABERNET. 

A Cabernet Sauvignon/ Chardonnay blend sounds like madness but the result speaks for itself. Super juicy, with crunchy dark fruits and a soft structure, refreshing acidity, and a bit of the texture that really stood out in the Chardonnay. On the nose it could almost pass for either a red or white. On the palate it’s pure joy. 

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