2021 Kobatl Flower Power
Region: Styria < Austria
Grapes: Muscaris + Sauvignac
Vineyard/cellar stats: organic farming, volcanic soils; Muscaris 2 day cold maceration. Sauvignac gently pressed. Each wild fermented in stainless steel for 6 months on full lees, 7 additional months on fine lees; blended + bottled unfined, unfiltered with no added sulfites, no temperature control; zero-zero; 12.5% ABV
Winemaker: Michael Kobatl
Fruit party in the bottle. Lychee and mangoes dancing around! Alluring and so exotic. Peace and love for all! Flower power!
Kobatl is an organic garage winery, working with only fungus resilient grape varieties (PIWI) in the part of Austria with mineral-rich volcanic soils on a 3.3 hectare organic estate, cultivated by Michael, who fell in love with natural wines during his travels. He returned home and found out that his own area is one of the most unique wine regions of the world, with volcanic soil and an illyrian climate (transitional climate between mediterranean, alpine and pannonian climates) that are a magical combo for vines, and as it turns out, apples too. Their property has an old apple orchard alongide pristine grape vines of the PIWI variety, with lush grasses growing throughout that are happily grazed by the family sheep Hanni, Franni, Ganni, Sanni and Nanni. And what's PIWI, you ask? These are hybrid grapes crossed specifically for disease resistance - the new grape babies are so tough, no mold, insect or other ailment can infect them. They are SUPERGRAPES that need no treatment of any sort in the vineyard, making organic farming/natural winemaking easy peasy. People, this is the future!
Flower Power is Michael's blend of skin-macerated Muscaris + Sauvignac, both aromatic PIWI grapes, so the explosion of fruit and flowers on the nose is no surprise. The palate is so exotic, like a tropical vacation on one of those gorgeous islands off Thailand. It's a full-on lychee and mango party in in your mouth, but it isn't sweet, and the finish is fresh and zingy -- a blast of summer in a bottle!