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Christian Tschida Burgenland Gruner Veltliner Non-Tradition 2019

White Wine from Burgenland, Austria
$85.99

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Both incredibly fresh and beguilingly complex with notes of yellow apple, spices like clove and allspice, and a very savory celery salt side to its minerality all floating in seductive texture. Very elegant and extremely long in the finish. Lay this down for the next few years or even a decade, if you can resist waiting that long
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In the fuzzily-defined world of "natural wine," Austrian superstar Christian Tschida has few, if any, peers. This is probably because his wines seem to transcend the genre, being almost too clean, pure, and precisely structured to compare to the "glou-glou" wines that dominate natural wine bar lists. In fact, Tschida's top wines are age-worthy and serious, with wonderfully fine tannins and crystalline clarity.

So these are "classical" wines that belong at the dinner table (or in the cellar), yet they are typically only found in natural wine bars. Why? Because, paradoxically, these elegant and seemingly obsessively-made wines are the product of an extremely low-tech and low-intervention approach.

This means no chemicals in the vineyards, of course, but the cellar work here is what's shockingly minimal: the grapes are foot-stomped (or crushed with a basket press), with the resulting juice put in large Stockinger barrels. That's it, really! No racking. No sulfur. Bottled by hand, which basically no one ever does, because it's insanely time-consuming.

Tschida farms 11 ha of old vines located in Neusiedlersee, Burgenland. The climate is cool, with soils of gravel, schist and limestone, though Christian thinks the concept of "terroir" is boring. Whatever, man!

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Gruner Veltliner

  • Vintage

    2019

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Natural

  • Style

    Earthy , Fruity , Spicy

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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