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Alexander Koppitsch ‘pretty [nuts] #2’ 2018

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 hand harvested from vines15-20 years old. Whole bunches go into the screw press, the wine ferments without additives and without temperature control in fiberglass tanks. At the right time during fermentation the wine is moved to the bottle to finish fermentation in the bottle as a rosé pet-nat. During the first warm days of spring when the nights are very cold, the bottles are put outside and then disgorged by hand. Zero sulfur added.

The 2018 vintage has 4 different labels, each one representing the 4 seasons.

Tasting Notes: Light ruby red in colour, with aromas of strawberry, clean minerality and a shake of white pepper. Strawberry, raspberry, red currant and chalk minerality are complimented by solid fizz and good acidity. Red fruit lingers on the dry, crisp finish. Agile and fresh, super gluggable.

50% Blaufrankisch, 50% Syrah
Austria
11% Alcohol
$28

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