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Diwald’s Zündstoff

Martin Diwald comes from a family of organic winegrowers in Wagram, northwest of Wien, though this project only dates from 2014.

This is his orange wine from the grape grüner veltliner, from a vineyard called Altweingarten. The grapes were hand-picked, de-stemmed and fermented on the skins. Every day the cap was punched down once or twice. 10–14 days later there was one gentle pressing before the wine matured in used 500 liter acacia barrels for 12 months. The wine was not fined or filtered, and only a small amount of sulphur was added.

Zündstoff translates as an explosion. It would maybe be tempting to use an analogy, an explosion of flavours. Anyway, it’s a tasty wine.

Zündstoff Grüner Veltliner 2021 (Diwald)

Light golden colour. Aroma of mature apples, hay, ginger and oranges. Medium-bodied, lightly textured, a slight touch of toffee, adecuate acidity and a nice bitter finish (grapefruit).

Price: Medium

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Söllner’s Roter Veltliner

Have you ever heard about roter veltliner? It’s not a cousin of grüner veltliner, nor is it a grape for making red wines (although the skins have some colour). It’s a grape mostly found in Austria and maybe most prominently in Wagram, Niederösterreich. We don’t know exactly where it came from. What we know is that red muscat is one of the many synonyms, along with various traminers.
The Söllner winery is located in Wagram, some 70 kilometers west of Wien, very near Wachau. It has a view over the Donau valley and lies on sandy terraces with red gravel, organic since 1997. They claim that the variety is the oldest in the region, probably introduced by the Romans.




For the roter veltliner they use hand-picked, selected, ripe grapes from differnent plots around the village Gösing. The fermentation, spontaneous from indigenous yeasts, is carried out in stainless steel.


Roter Veltliner von Gösing 2015 (Söllner)

Light yellow with green hints. Aroma of citrus and white flowers, apricot and herbs. Fresh acidity, dry and very appealing.

Price: Low

Food: White fish, seafood, salads, lightly spiced Asian


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