Salamander — Chardonnay 2019
A Wine That
is all about the savoury notes: if you're a lover of croissants, sourdough, rye bread and salt, then this is your wine. From one of the most celebrated natural winemakers and farmers (and also one of the kindest and most humble), this is a Chardonnay that shows the world that Styrian terroir is capable of creating some of the finest wines. NB: this is a young wine made in a particularly reductive style. If this is not to your taste, we would advise cellaring for a couple of years to give it time to evolve and open up.
This bottle is a super rare find that we would like to share with many of you. We are therefore limiting the purchase to ONE BOTTLE ONLY per customer please, thank you for your understanding!
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- Winemaker: Andreas Tscheppe
Where and How?
The Chardonnay for Andreas' Salamander comes from terraced vineyards in Czamillonberg, overflowing with plants, herbs, flowers, wildlife and bugs, including Salamanders. The soil here (calcareous marl) is relatively poor, resulting in a low yield which contributes to a more complex, distinctive wine.
After hand harvesting (terraced vineyards are hard to access with modern machinery), the bunches were destemmed and then gently pressed. Fermentation took place in Austrian oak barrels with indigenous yeast, which also lends this wine a one-of-a-kind quality. Minimal use of sulfites contributes further to its uniqueness. The wine was aged on the lees for between 18 and 24 months before it was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Vineyard photograph kindly supplied by Doug Wregg of Les Caves de Pyrene
The Winemaker: Andreas Tscheppe
Andreas Tscheppe embodies what it means to have a gentle touch — both in the vineyards and in the winery. This is perfectly encapsulated via his labels, which feature the beautiful fauna that inhabit his vineyards. For Andreas, it's all about them: his vineyards are not just monocultures, they're home to a whole biodiverse world of animals, fungi and plants. Through biodynamic farming and natural winemaking, and patience via long ageing periods, you truly get a sense of this unique natural Styrian world in the bottle.