archive909This is Niklas, the ambassador for Meinklang & his lovely wife, who is a teacher at a Waldorf-Steiner school. Over the course of the weekend we got to have dinner with them & share a couple bottles at Le Circle Rouge. They were super nice & put up with four joker Canadians who couldn't help but make some Fawlty Towers-esque verbal blunders (it was after a bit of wine). Meinklang is an Austrian winery located in the Seewinkel district near to the Neusiedlersee. To call it just a winery is a bit misleading as it is a multi-faceted, independent & self-sufficient mixed farm that in addition to grapes/wine has cattle, horses, pigs, sheep, chickens & cultivates a broad variety of cereals, including Einkorn wheat & Emmer (kamut) wheat as well as a variety of fruit trees. They take their biodynamic practice very seriously and its philosophies run throughout the gamut of their agricultural production, no buying biodynamic preparations here, they make their own. They also have a biodynamically certified brewery on the property that makes wheat beers from the Emmer and Eikorn they grow. They look at their vineyards as a biotope & try to approach a more natural ecosystem (less of a monoculture) by having a large variety of cover crops & even fruit trees in their vineyards. They even have a vineyard, called Graupert (~unkempt), where they have stopped pruning the Grauburgunder vines & let them grow “wild”, which they feel yields more ripe, smaller berries leading to more aroma, extract & complexity in the finished wines. They also have vineyards on Somló, an extinct volcano that rises out of the Hungarian plain, where they grow Hárslevelü & Juhfark (~sheep’s tail). In the cellar they are all about the concrete egg, which allows micro-oxygenation & natural circulation of the wine during fermentation & aging. The wines I have tasted from them are ALIVE & clean, without having the bacteriological faults one can find in some of the “Natural” category. They are represented in Ontario by @thelivingvine if you want a case or at Archive by the bottle or glass (if you don’t see them just talk to Kyle, Joel or Josh & one of us will dig some up from the secret list)
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- pearlmorissette@archive909 Niklas! @burdockonbloor Klang-ing 😉
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