The hand-picked grapes for this subversive Grüner Veltliner come from organically farmed vineyards from the northwest-facing Strassacker site in Jois am Leithaberg, which is characterized by medium-heavy loamy soil with a high proportion of gravel.
Alcohol Grade: 12.5%
Aging/ Vinification: spontaneous fermentation with whole berries, pressed about 10 days before the end of fermentation and finished fermenting as must. For the first time, half of Manila was vinified in amphorae (1,000 litres), the other half in used wood, the maceration period was 8 days.
Size: 750 ml
The Winery: Anita and Hans Nittnaus
Anita and Hans Nittnaus’ philosophy is complete devotion to making wines reflecting the origin and terroir of the area. The vineyards are farmed according to biodynamic methods; hand harvest, spontaneous fermentation and a low intervention approach to winemaking take center stage.
Husband and wife Anita and Hans are head of the operation, but in 2014 their sons, Andreas and Martin, began to convert 15 percent of the family winery to their own project. The Martin Nitthaus label is the result of this experiment, an exciting and focused roster of wines with natural winemaking as its core philosophy.
The vineyards are situated in Burgenland, on the northern shore of lake Neusiedl: the eastern side around the town of Gols (clay/loam/gravel/sand) and the western side around the town of Jois on the Leitha mountains (slate/limestone). The winery focuses on red wines and the main varieties are Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt and Merlot. The wines represent their unique Pannonian style, characterized by elegance, complexity, and longevity.
The Nittnaus family has been in the town of Gols, in the Neusiedler See wine region in Burgenland since 1684. The current Nittnaus estate was established by Hans’ grandfather Johann Nittnaus in 1927, and was taken over by Anita & Hans in 1985. In a relatively short period of time, Nittnaus became a leading winery of the Neusiedlersee wine region and one of the best wine producers of Austria.