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: Hand harvested grapes are from 40 year old vines overlooking Lake Neusiedl. Destemmed, crushed by foot, spontaneous fermentation in large barrels with indigenous yeast, no added SO2. ‘Pink Maceration’ is Christian Tschida’s term for a light, gentle pressing of the grapes, ‘Engel Auf Erden’ translates to ‘Angel on Earth’.
Tasting Notes: Ruby red in colour, with aromas of strawberry, raspberry, red currant, wildflowers. Tangy acidity and light, black tea tannins frame cranberry, strawberry, pomegranate, rose petal stony minerality and a trace of licorice. Black currant, cranberry and rosemary integrate with the spice driven finish. Sleek and engaging.
100% Cabernet Franc