Weingut Josef & Philipp Bründlmayer

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Falstaff Wineguide Austria/South Tyrol 2020

Falstaff Wineguide Austria/South Tyrol 2020

Dedication and love for the craft are still the best prerequisites for quality. This is especially true when it comes to things that people should and want to enjoy – such as wine. Philipp Bründlmayer carries this dedication and love in his DNA – his wines are thus a thing of joy: expressive, pure, linear and of unmistakeable provenance. Tucked away in the village of Grundorf, the wines evolve and mature in stainless steel tanks and large wooden barrels. Grown on the mighty loess terraces of Gedersdorf and Rohrendorf, they are thus labelled with the regional appellation of Kremstal – a lovely area predestined for viticulture with exactly the kind of climate so essential for the character and aromatic development of wine.

Apart from experience, craftsmanship and climate, soils are a decisive factor in the creation of great wine. In the Kremstal region, both loess and metamorphic and sedimentary conglomerates offer ideal conditions for the typically dry wines Austria is so appreciated for.

Philipp und Josef Bründlmayer grow and make wine with an understanding of their soils and their craft, informed by tradition. The vineyard sites they farm are eminently suited to this endeavour: they are unruly, on rugged terrain, and demand manual rather than mechanised farming. They also are – if you allow them to be and treat them right – ideally suited to those grape varieties the region is known and loved for

Philipp Bründlmayer allows his wines to express themselves and their origin without make-up – without frills or safety nets. Across 23 hectares/57 acres of vineyard, he and his team farm 90 different sites, all with their own climatic conditions. Not only does he bottle wines that are absolutely typical of their variety and style, they also bear his unmistakeable signature. Residual sugar never exceeds one gramme per litre – the wines are thus bone dry and exquisite ambassadors for their region – pure Kremstal.

In their own words

One could easily fill a few volumes about the sons of winegrowers and their fathers and their resulting conflicts. However, the two Bründlmayers, Josef & Philipp, would not appear in it - far too unspectacular. Occasionally, things seem to go differently, and even though Philipp has currently taken over the management of the winery, his father still plays a decisive role. 

No wonder, since he knows every vine in the family's 52 vineyards. He has planted many of them himself, nurtured some back to health, and cared for others in order to bottle wines that are specific to their origin. For Josef and Philipp there was never a standstill, both men have the same impetus for innovation and ideas, the student of oenology continues what his father started in 1980. 

The conditions are admittedly incomparably better. While his father started the viticulture project without a pump or cellar, Philipp now farms a total of 18 hectares: most of it is Grüner Veltliner and most of it is in sites that are among the best in the Krems Valley. Moosburgerin, Gebling, Tiefenthal, Vordernberg & Steingraben are synonymous with density and power but are also lively and structured wines. To get these attributes from the vine to the bottle, Philipp follows a handful of principles that consist of a deliberate mix of DO & LET IT BE. 

No use of insecticides & herbicides, no artificial fertilizers and no cold fermentation which are all on the abandonment side. However, manual labour, multiple selections and long aging on the lees on the TO DO list. The local aspect plays a double role. On the one hand, he tries to capture the natural conditions precisely, on the other hand, he gives autochthonous varieties of the region, above all, the Neuburger a fighting chance. Along with Riesling and Grüner Veltliner, Neuburger has gradually developed into Philipp's hobbyhorse and, in addition to a juicy texture and vital tannins, also has ripe, exotic fruit and fine citrus notes in its aroma profile. To reflect the terroir and its differences as precisely as possible, each site ends up in a separate tank. The great sites are also vinified accordingly and have substance, character and potential beyond the individual site and winemaker’s hallmark.

DETAILS

  • Contact Person: Philipp Bründlmayer
  • Exhibitions
  • Winemaker: Philipp Bründlmayer
  • Tasting room
  • Cellar Door Sales
  • Production Style: Conventional
  • Cultivation Area in Hectares: 25

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