Martin Arndorfer Vorgeschmack 2016
Young winegrowers and married couple Martin Arndorfer and Anna Stieninger come from long lines of winemakers in Austria. Martin grew up in the vineyards and cellar of his parent’s estate, and Anna is the daughter of Karl Steininger, one of the most respected winemakers in Austria. Both born with a genetic love and a nurtured appreciation for for Riesling and Grüner Veltliner grapes, these two are making delicious joyful wines of Austria which we first tasted when we met them during a trip to Piedmont, Italy.
In Strass, Austria, the hills are full of vineyards, the flat close to the Danube River mostly grows grain. Arndorfer is located in the northern reaches where wine can grow, only 15 kilometers south it is considered too cold, and the land is dedicated to grain. This cool weather is important for the distinctive style of Arndorfer. Kamptal is mainly planted with white grapes, usually Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. The soil and climate help the grapes develop a unique regional expression. The Arndorfers produce wine for pleasure and with pleasure. They pay close attention to the details, but ultimately believe that wine is for enjoyment, and not to be coveted or worshiped. It is nice to discuss wine, but it is there to enjoy above all else.
This wine is called Vorgeschmack which means ‘appetizer’ in German, and is Martin and Anna’s introduction and ‘welcome wine’ to Austrian wine. It's a great white to teach and familiarize drinkers to the special terroir of Strass and their vineyards. Made of 80% Grüner Veltliner and 20% Riesling, Vorgeschmack is aged for 4 months on the lees, in 80% Stainless and 20% large used oak. This is a dry white with green pear, yellow apple, peach, flowers and white pepper aromas and flavors. Perfect to serve as a lively, thirst quenching starter with green salads, white fishes, asparagus, brussel sprouts, sushi or simply on its own.