Aged in French oak barrels, this wine underwent bâtonnage (stirring of the lees) – a method that Ebner-Ebenauer also use for their exquisite Burgundian-varietal white wines. The Weinviertel estate bottle their wines unfiltered. They need plenty of air, so decanting is an absolute must. Ebner-Ebenauer’s GV Black Edition 2016 is complex and multi-layered on the nose, with fruity notes, fine hints of liquorice, and the smoky spiciness commonly associated with Grüner Veltliner. Dry on the palate, with just under 3 g/l of residual sweetness as well as ripe, well-integrated acidity (6.5 g/l). Powerful and tightly woven, but showing elegance and finesse throughout. Full of depth with a very long finish. The perfectly integrated oak makes for a balanced wine that has a great ageing potential of 10 years and more. Pairs with curry dishes, rich stews containing meat or poultry, and even game.
When they married in 2007, Manfred and Marion Ebner-Ebenauer took over the Ebenauer family winery together, to create the Ebner-Ebenauer brand. Their property is situated in Weinviertel – Austria’s biggest winegrowing area, covering 16,000 hectares. Always overshadowed a little by the illustrious Wachau and Kamptal, Weinviertel is still a bit of an insider tip. The Ebner-Ebenauer estate comprises 15 hectares of vines aged between 30 and 70 years. In 2016, the Ebner-Ebenauers began the process of converting to organic production. Since starting out together, they have always harvested their grapes by hand. The couple only use fruit from their own vineyards, where Grüner Veltliner (or GV for short) plays first fiddle. They bottle a wide selection of single-vineyard wines. The Black Edition premium range is the pinnacle of their collection, which also includes a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir in addition to this GV. Their Sekt is a rare gem. It has ranked as Austria’s best sparkling wine on more than one occasion and garnered high scores from international critics. The Ebner-Ebenauers constantly strive to produce elegant wines that reflect their origin and have good acidity and tension. The duo share their workload. Shy and retiring Manfred mans the fort at the winery, while whirlwind Marion is the ambassador who loves showcasing the estate’s world-class wines at numerous exhibitions and wine tastings.