Spitzerberg

Muhr-van der Niepoort Spitzerberg 2013

Muhr-van der Niepoort, Carnuntum (Austria)
Red (13.2%)
Blaufränkisch
$59.95
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Our Notes: Spitzerberg is part of the Lesser Carpathians. Grapes have been grown here for centuries but its vineyards had fallen into a state of neglect and desuetude for most of the recent decades. Expanding a mere 0.3 hectares of vines handed down through the Muhr family to a current size of twelve hectares, Dorli Muhr and Dirk van der Niepoort have taken the lead in restoring this marvelous vineyard land to its potential.

Muhr-van der Niepoort’s top wine, Spitzerberg offers an elegant, subtle and mineral-driven perspective on the confluence of old vines and fossil limestone. On the palate, the wine has a long-lived, fine and densely packed structure, which makes it an ideal partner for flavorful roasted or braised meat.

95 Points Wine Enthusiast Magazine: “Very pure and lifted notes of red cherry are held tightly within a taut frame: the nose gives almost nothing away. The palate provides another glimpse of that hauntingly delicious, almost sublimated cherry note. there is something aromatic and pure, unforced and honest about this disarming wine. the structure is subtle but firm, the elegance borders on the Pinot-esque, thus the wine is slender but profound.”

90 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine: “Unlike the open giving 2013 Samt & Seide, this 2013 is obstinately closed-it took four days on the counter to emerge from its hard shell. When it did, it was like the sun came out, the fruit taking on a brisk, refreshing juiciness, the vegetal notes turning more towards peppercorn, the acidity losing its jangly edge. If you open it now, have something rich and meaty on hand, but better to wait another five to eight years. The 2006 is showing beautifully right now.”

92 Points The Wine Advocate: “Brighter in color and finer on the nose than any other red from this domaine, the 2013 Spitzerberg is built on purity, elegance, finesse and freshness rather than concentration of fruit and tannins. Selected from the same old plots like every year (planted in 1955, 1960 and 1963) foot-trodden and on the skins for just three or four days before pressing, the 2013 displays a lovely purity and freshness of fruit along this floral flavors. This wine is delicate, silky textured and very elegant on the palate, with fined-grained, almost smooth tannins; it also has great intensity in the long and stringent, really fresh and aromatic, mineral finish. This is a very promising and 'Burgundian' Spitzerberg Blaufränkisch that should be served in 3-4 years, at the earliest.” drink: 2018-2026

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