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 Lestein was first officially documented back in the 14th century, their old cellars contain wines from 1938 to 1960.
Known for their visionary, philosophical approach, 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 in fertile soils over Gneiss. Spontaneous fermentation with wild yeasts, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Blanc are fermented on the skins for 3 weeks, then blended with the direct-press Zweigelt. Aged 8 months in wood barrels, bottling with yeasts and sugar for secondary fermentation in bottle. No added SO2.
Tasting Notes: Hazy gold in colour, with aromas of lemon, toast, hay, clean minerality. Pear, apple, lemon, pink grapefruit are glossed by citrus acidity. Consistent, twinkling fizz underscores candied lemon and smoky minerality on the crisp finish. Radiant and engaging.
45% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Pinot Blanc, 15% Zweigelt
Perlwein Aus Osterreich
Estate Bottled by Wein-Sektmanufaktur Strohmeier
$50 [average price]