Ebner-Ebenauer

Gruner Veltliner Hermanschachern – 2018

Region: Austria - Weinviertel

Ebner-Ebenauer

Deep in a four hundred year old cellar, a quiet, studious man weighs careful decisions to create exquisite wines from each of the special parcels in the Weinviertel. He asks his accomplished, exuberant wife to join him in crafting the perfect blends that reflect their passionate partnership.

Once upon a time…this is how fairy tales usually begin. But sometimes real life is a fairy tale, and that is the case for Marion and Manfred Ebner-Ebenauer. While the Ebner-Ebenauer label was born in 2007, when the two winemakers decided to share their lives, the history of winemaking in Manfred’s family stretches back fourteen generations. Today Ebner-Ebenauer is a mixture of old and new. The 400 year old cellar and modern style of the careful winery renovation. Traditional winemaking, gravity fed, gentle pressing. Using new methods when appropriate. “Respect the traditions but change if not useful.”

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • History of Poysdorf viticulture began 800 years ago on the steep slopes of Ried Hermanschchern
  • Aspect: South
  • Soils: warm loess with very high fossil limestone content
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested in September at Spatlese levels of ripeness
  • 12 hours skin contact
  • Spontaneous fermentation
  • 6 months on fine lees
  • Wine is filtered and rests in stainless steel tanks until bottling at end of May
Winemaker's Notes

Refined Veltliner-aromas of white pepper, ripe apples and tropical fruit. Mineral salts on the palate accent the juicy, apply fruit and the powerful, well-structured texture. Full-bodied and commanding, the wine is luxuriantly soft, with a well-structured texture on the palate and a crisp interplay of fruit and acidity that remains extremely persistent.

Wine Summary

100% Gruner Veltliner; Hermanschachern vineyard; warm loess soils with high limestone content; 13.0% alcohol; 12 hours skin contact; spontaneous fermentation; wine on fine lees for 6 months; filtered and matured in stainless steel until bottling in May.

Technical Information
  • 100% Gruner Veltliner
  • Alcohol: 13.0%
  • RS: 1.1 g/L
  • TA: 5.3 g/L

Reviews

92 Points

An almost coniferous savoriness rises from the glass, boding freshness. A little spritz adds verve to the mild but fresh body, which seems to have a store of juicy, ripe Mirabelle plums at its core. The finish is long with lemon and yeast.

Wine Enthusiast, March, 2020

91 Points

From Muschelkalk limestone soils, the 2018 Grüner Veltliner Hermanschachern is pure, dense and tight on the mineral, lemon-fresh and zesty, terroir-driven nose that is remarkably precise and coolish for this warm vintage. Lush, round and piquant on the filigreed but firmly structured palate, this elegant Veltliner reveals a sustainable finish with fascinating minerality and nuance as well as tension. Truly excellent and so peppery! Tasted in January 2020. Drink 2020 – 2030

© Wine Advocate, March, 2020

General Info

Country Austria
Region Niederösterreich
Appellation(s) Weinviertel
Proprietors Marion & Manfred Ebner-Ebenauer
Founded 2007
Winemaker Manfred Ebner-Ebenauer
Annual Production
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Organic/biodynamic