In order to produce the “Samt&Seide”, Dorli Muhr uses grapes from vines which are between 15 and 30 years old. They contribute a round and velvety element to the wine, as the eponymous “Samt” suggests. A portion of the grapes for this wine was foot-trodden with whole bunches in order to further emphasize its elegance and smoothness. The wine fermented with wild yeast, matured for 16 months in large, old wooden barrels and then spent a further 14 months ageing in bottle before arriving in Sweden.
1200 bottles of the Blaufränkisch Samt&Seide 2016 are now available at Systembolaget at a price of 189 Swedish krona each.
Carnuntum is situated in the easternmost part of Lower Austria. The Spitzerberg Mountain forms the last foothill of the Little Carpathians Mountain Range. Its geographical location makes it a very dry and windswept site, with a decidedly continental climate – the area frequently reaches temperatures of 35 to 40 degrees Celsius during the summer months. The sandy limestone soils retain only small amounts of water, which provides a very challenging setting for the Spitzerberg vines. The Muhr-van der Niepoort Wine Estate farms 12 hectares of vines, located exclusively on the southern slope of the Spitzerberg. The average yield is approximately 2500 litres per hectare.
2016 was not an easy year, especially for producers employing organic practices. During the summer, several smaller rain showers complicated the vineyard work, costing everyone additional time and energy. On the other hand, after a dry and stressful 2015 the vines were grateful for the water and produced beautifully balanced fruit. The 2016 vintage offers a wonderful balance between fruitiness, structure, good acidity and elegant tannins.
Dorli Muhr and Dirk Niepoort founded the Muhr-van der Niepoort Wine Estate in 2002, with 0.25 hectare of land. Since then, the estate has grown little by little, established a new style of Blaufränkisch in Carnuntum and has become one of the top wineries in Austria. In his most recent review of the 2016 vintage of Austrian red wines, Wine Advocate Robert Parker awarded the Blaufränkisch Ried Spitzerberg 2016 the highest points for any red wine in the country.
Das Herz des Weingutes stellt eine kleine Weingarten-Parzelle auf der Ried Roterd dar, die Dorli Muhrs Grossmutter Katharina Muhr im Jahr 1912 als Hochzeitsgeschenk erhielt. Im Jahr 2002 startete Dorli Muhr – damals noch gemeinsam mit Dirk van der Niepoort – die Wiederbelebung des Spitzerbergs. Seither ist das Projekt ständig gewachsen. Mittlerweile bearbeitet Dorli Muhr 12 Hektar Reben auf dem Spitzerberg und zwar in biologischer Wirtschaftsweise. Die Erträge sind sehr gering, die Weine sehr konzentriert, und doch sehr leichtfüssig und elegant dank der Kalkböden. Sie werden in knapp zwanzig Länder exportiert und in den besten Restaurants serviert.