Estate: Christian Tschida is the experimental/low intervention sage of Eastern Austria. He is the 4th generation of his family to care for 10 hectares of old vines in a national park in Neusiedlersee, Burgenland. He combines organic, ancient and biodynamic methods; foot stomping all grapes, fermentation occurs in tanks that sit outside in the shade, leftover must and juice is given back to the vines.
Winemaking: Grapes are from 40 year old vines in sandy gravel, schist and limestone soils. Made with minimal extraction, light skin contact: “Hand harvested, destemmed, and crushed by foot. The juice ferments in large barrels with indigenous yeast and no racking. Christian made just one 3000 liter barrel of this wine. It is bottled without sulfur.” Unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: Ruby coral in colour, with aromas of wildflowers, dusty earth, cherry, watermelon, herbs, orange peel, cinnamon and a trace of resin. Tangy acidity glosses red currant, strawberry, cherry, watermelon, elderflower liqueur and saline minerality. Light, green tea tannins fuse with red fruits, cinnamon, earth and a wisp of roasted pepper on the snappy finish. Striking, engaging and very gluggable.
Blaufrankisch, Pinot Noir “and some white varieties”
Bottled by Christian Tschida