Estate: Christine and Franz Strohmeier have been passionately producing chemical and sulphur free, low intervention wines since 2003. The estate is near St.Stefan/Stainz in the West Styrian wine region in the southeastern foothills of the Alps, at the base of Koralpe mountain in Austria. Their vineyard in in Lestein was first officially documented back in the 14th century, their old cellars contain wines from 1938 to 1960.
The 8 hectares of vines are farmed with a mix of organic, biodynamic and experimental methods. For example, rather than spraying the vines with copper sulfate, Franz uses whey (the liquid part of milk produced in cheese production). He also leaves some of the vines in their completely natural state, unpruned and growing wild.
Philosophy: “I have such high respect for developments happening unseen- both in the vineyard and later in the wine itself- that I´m afraid of disturbing and defacing the natural process through interference…”
Winemaking: Vines are 35-39 years old. Grapes are hand harvested and fermented in 80% stainless steel tanks and 20% in old large barrels with no temperature control and indigenous yeasts. The wine is then aged 8 months in stainless steel tanks, then 1 year in the bottle. The second fermentation takes place in the bottle with added champagne yeast. Zero sulfur is added to the wine and there is no dosage. “A small part from older vintages” is added.
Tasting Notes: Dark amber in colour with aromas of baked apple, caramel, lemon, cinnamon, and saline minerals. Red apple, lemon, pie crust, cinnamon, nutmeg and a floral trace are framed by fresh acidity and fine bubbles. Citrus, fruit and minerality gleam on the zippy finish. Distinctive and engaging.
100% Blauer Wildbacher
Estate Bottled by Wein & Sektmanufaktur Stohmeier
$40 [average price]