Wine and time is a difficult relationship in Austria. Although half of the local wine world propagates the ageing potential of its wines, it shifts the responsibility for this onto patient customers. They are supposed to store their wines, which supposedly develop over years and decades, in cellars that are as perfectly tempered as possible and decide when the time is right for them.
Jörg Bretz is not only swimming against the tide in this respect. His wines are decidedly made for the future, but they also mature with him. In the barrel or in the bottle, sometimes ten years, sometimes seven, rarely less than five. He only releases them when they are ready to drink, which doesn't mean that they can't be stored for a while. But you can also have fun with them straight away and immerse yourself in a world of wine that - balanced and multi-layered - really captures the relationship between wine and time.