Schplink! Gruner Veltliner 3L BOX
Top Ten Box Wine Wine Enthusiast
WINEMAKER Harald Lehner
GRAPE VARIETY Gruner Veltliner
SOIL Dark, sandy
AGE OF VINES Oldest plantings 1987 up to 2007
3 Liter Box
Sustainably farmed vines. De-stemmed and crushed and left on skins over-night. Pressed off skins, cold settled and bentonite fined so the juice is clear. Cool, long fermentation to retain aromas and flavor development. One month on the lees. Long enough for added texture but bright aromas and flavors retained. Lightly filtered to preserve flavors and some CO2 for zippiness.
Golser Wein was established by Harald Lehner in 1995 out of passion and persistence. Harald was born in Gols (Burgenland), a poor area to a very poor family of farmers, where to quote him “there was too much to die for and too little to live for”. His father had 15ha farmed to grapes and wheat and everything was sold in bulk. The business struggled and could not support him so after finishing school he went to work for a family wine company to gain experience producing bottled wine. His hard work earned him a 20% share of this business but when the owners divorced, they sold everything and he was left starting from scratch. At this point, Harald decided he would employ himself and be in control of his own destiny. When he wasn’t in the vineyards he actually worked very long shifts as a driver at the Viennese airport until he could afford to support his vision. He now owns 40 ha of vines, 20 of which are certified organic, farms another 100 ha and produces 2 million bottles per year. When asked for his production philosophy his answer is “pure joy”. Harald is determined, proud, detailed oriented, and not afraid to challenge the status quo. NO ONE has been bold enough to put wine in anything other than a bottle in Austria, but not Harald. His mind is open and his spirit pioneering, making him the perfect partner for Communal. The design is equally as bold as he is, and is inspired by the 80’s, an era where Apple computers were the boxes everyone was talking about and Kraftwerk’s Computer Love album debuted. So please, raise your glass and Schplink!!!!