Outrageously fresh with blood orange and grapefruit citrus character. So delicious.
Arnold Holzer is a young, innovative winemaker based in Wagram, Austria. He is producing a raft of vibrant, pure fruited wines from his organically farmed vineyards. Space Invader is skin macerated Muller-Thurgau, bottled unfined and unfiltered. It’s outrageously fresh with blood orange and grapefruit citrus character overlaid with tropical fruits and gentle tannic grip. Very clean and moreish.
Producer: Eschenhof Holzer
Region/Country: Wagram, Austria
Production Method: Organic viticulture. Skin contact winemaking. Bottled unfined and unfiltered
Style: Cloudy, intense aromatics of citrus and tropical fruit. Light powdery texture
Pairing Suggestion: Moroccan lamb tagine, roast pork, pasta bake or seared tuna.
The winery Eschenhof Holzer is located in Großriedenthal in the wine region Wagram. Here, 5th generation winemaker Arnold Holzer draws from the unique wealth of nature. 20 meter deep Loess soil from the last ice age allows for deep rooted, long living vines and particularly full bodied and mineral rich wines.
From the Natty Boy
Winemaker Arnold took over his family's operation at only 23, and has gone about modernising the style. Their vineyards are all organically farmed, and dotted around the Wagram region north of Vienna. This is made from Müller-Thurgau which is a crossing of Riesling and Madeleine Royal created in Germany in the 1880's. In the past there was a tendency for this to be used for some fairly bog standard German table wines which was a major factor in the decline of their wine industry. Thankfully it has recently been given a new lease of life, with many producers picking with lower yields and employing skin contact winemaking to draw out as much character as possible. The wine also spends 9 months maturing post fermentation in contact with some fine lees which adds some more texture and roundness to compliment the phenolic grip from skin contact. This is a really good intro into the world of "orange" or skin contact wines as it gives so much character whilst being so accessible - it's not too funky! Heaps of blood orange fruit character which veers toward the tropical spectrum and Holzer has managed to maintain plenty of natural acidity and freshness which is often lacking in wines made solely from M-T.