Belle Naturelle 2018 — Grüner Veltliner
A Wine That
as Alwin says, is unadorned Grüner: a wine in its birthday suit. It's a wine that's evolved and adapted over the years as Alwin and Stefanie figured out how best to allow Grüner to show its full natural flavour spectrum. With two weeks on the skins, this is a gentle "orange wine" — a skin contact wine of harmony and elegance. It tastes like fresh orange cake with almonds and a drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of lime zest and clove spices.
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- Winemaker: Alwin Jurtschitsch
Where and How?
Organically farmed Grüner Veltliner from the hillsides of Langenlois in the Kamptal, Austria, on gneiss soils.
The wine was fermented naturally on the skins for two weeks, and aged in neutral barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Alwin and Stefanie Jurtschitsch could have taken over the family business and kept everything the same. There might be the saying if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, but if we all adhered to that or remained sedentary, we'd be stuck drinking traditional wines and agricultural concepts wouldn't have advanced. The current era of Jurtschitsch wines were born from a desire to work differently. From working on a biodynamic weed farm in Australia, to submerging himself in polyculture in the Ecuadorian jungle, Alwin developed an ardent belief in organic farming as a teenager and young adult. Seeing wine as an ever-evolving product of culture, their winemaking techniques have left old traditions in the past, making way for new ones to take their place. Alwin says,
“I see it like a big playground. It's a permanent exchange of me — the human being — the vineyard, and what we’re tasting in the cellar. This should never stop, otherwise you fall asleep in tradition. Always stay tuned and always keep an open mind...”