Estate: Alexander Koppitsch’s family has been making natural wine for 500 years in the Neusiedl am See, a small village on the shore of Neusidl Lake, at the eastern end of the Leitha Mountains, in eastern Austria. In 2011 he and his wife Maria took over his family estate, focusing on crafting biodynamic, sustainable, natural wines. Alexander does everything by hand on the 6.2 hectare [15 acre] estate. Very little intervention is used on the wines, he allows the natural yeasts to ferment without temperature control, zero additives are used, “all wines are matured without sulphur supplements, no fining, no filtration.”
Winemaking: Grapes are from vines 16 years in age, in limestone soil. “Grapes are hand harvested and left as whole bunches. The bunches are direct pressed and the juice ferments in large stainless steel tanks for about 10 days with wild yeasts. Before fermentation is complete the wine is transferred to bottle to finish as a pet nat rose for about 8 months. The wine is unfiltered and has zero sulfur added.”
Tasting Notes: Pink coral in colour with aromas of cherry, peach, dusty earth and a trace of cilantro. Bright cherry, strawberry, raspberry, and citrus acidity are buoyed by consistent, fizzy bubbles. Fruit lingers on the dry, mineral driven finish. Light, airy and refreshing, with a moderate alcohol content, this disappears much faster than you think!
Only 190 bottles produced