Remix Wines 2010 Grüner Veltliner, "Danube Remix" Edna Valley 750ml 5-Pack
The Next Remix
Of all the emerging wines, hitting the world stage in the past 15 years, one stands out as the biggest surprise to many, the aromatic, dry whites of Austria, specifically the native variety of Grüner Veltliner. So, when I got the opportunity to get some of these rare Austrian grapes grown in America, I jumped.
In 2010 Remix Wines got a small quantity from the Paragon Vineyard in Edna Valley. My idea was to was to treat these grapes to a maximum extraction and fermentation to bring out the varietal spice of Grüner. As usual, mother nature had other ideas and she sent a freak 5 day heat wave during the end of an abnormally cool growing season. This sent the profile of the wine way out of the realm of a classic Austrian wine. The end result was a rich, ripe wine with some tropical tones yet with great acidity. The flavors still express the three unique varietal flavor markers of Grüner; nectarine, snap pea and white pepper. It was slowly whole cluster pressed and neutral barrel fermented with extra lees exposure.
Like Iberian Remix, the Grüner Veltliner needed a name that relayed the idea of foreign native varieties, “remixed” in America. So, the Danube Remix name was created to give reference to the famous river that flows through the best Grüner vineyards in Austria. The label features artwork that is an ode to Gustav Klimt, the famous Austrian artist and his paintings the “Tree of Life” and the “Kiss”.