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Manila 2020 — Grüner Veltliner


A Wine That

is both electrifying yet simultaneously comforting. This is Grüner Veltliner in its birthday suit — think lime rind, a splash of salt and that slight spicy twist. Thanks to some time spent on skins, there's a lovely subtle tannic backbone here, making it the perfect food wine. Pair this with a warming Thai curry and marvel at the lemongrass unfurl.

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  • Winemaker: Nittnaus
Grüner Veltliner 'Manila' - 2020















Grüner Veltliner

Where and How?

This comes from biodynamically farmed Grüner Veltliner vines planted in the 'Strassacker' vineyard, which is found in the Leithaberg mountain range, in Jois, Burgenland, Austria. The soils are predominantly limestone.
The Manila cuvée is the Nittnaus' outlet for experimentation — something changes every year. In 2020, 1/3 of the grapes were kept as whole bunches, and 2/3 were destemmed. The juice then macerated with the skins for one week in amphora, fermenting naturally, after which it was pressed and moved back into amphora for seven months' ageing. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

The Winemaker: Nittnaus

The Nittnaus family of Burgenland, Austria, is family of renegades — but respectful renegades. They might have thrown the rulebooks out of the window, but it hasn’t just been for the sake of doing so, but rather to see if they could improve the way the rulebook had been written in the first place. The sons of Anita and Hans Nittnaus, Martin and Andi, are joined by their cousin, Lydia, in their quest to take their parents’ work one step further. Together, this trio is carving their own path, adding another dimension to the work already achieved by their family. And in doing so, it’s like they’ve forged a new genre for their region — they are the punk trio to their family’s rock band.
“We work with well-established grape varieties — Grüner Veltliner and Blaufränkisch — but give them a new perspective through our vision. Manila is about subversion, and the beauty of subversion.”


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