Non-Tradition — Cabernet Franc 2015
A Wine That
takes on the very best examples of Loire Cabernet Franc. It's not a secret that it was in the Loire in the early days of Christian's career that he fell in love with this structured and perfumed variety — and to find some parcels in his home village back 15 years ago was the start of a special journey. This vintage Christian declassified his once signature parcel 'Domkapitel' (for political reasons we do not want to further engage). Think a liquid version of the Pink Floyd album 'The Dark Side of the Moon'. Refined and made to become an all-time classic.
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- Winemaker: Christian Tschida
Where and How?
This wine was grown on a special plot of double plantation Cabernet Franc just outside of Illmitz, Burgenland. The soils are characterised by the gravelly and pebbly sandstone — typical for the Eastern shores of Neusiedlersee. Christian picks his grapes in small buckets very early in the morning to retain freshness in the grapes until they arrive in the winery. There, the fruit is macerated and subsequently pressed with his pneumatic press that applies a 'hand shake' type pressure, only extracting the most delicate parts of the juice. His wines are then aged in large wooden casks usually starting with 1000L all the way to 3000L+ barrels. After a minimum of 20 months the wines are bottled without filtration and little to none addition of SO2.
The Winemaker: Christian Tschida
Christian Tschida is one of a kind. He might be renowned as one of the world's most cult natural winemakers, but when it comes down to it, he'd prefer not to talk about wine at all — rather art. For that's how to describe Christian's wines — these are playful-yet-serious interpretations of what Mother Nature gives him. His grapes are like watercolour, acrylic and graffiti interchanged from year to year.