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Christian Tschida Himmel Auf Erden II Maischevergoren 2020

Orange Wine from Burgenland, Austria
$45.99

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Subtly orange wine with exotic aromatics and perfectly dialed in grip. "Maischevergoren" is 70% Scheurebe, a high acid crossing developed in Germany and 30% different clones of Muscat harvested early to avoid what Tschida calls "that stupid Muscat taste". Very fresh and made with 4 weeks of skin contact.

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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

    Muscat

  • Vintage

    2020

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Natural

  • Style

    Earthy , Elegant , Minerally

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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