Alte Reben 2015 — Welschriesling
A Wine That
shows off what Welschriesling can do. It's a wine that does the most beautiful nudity in nature photoshoot with the variety you've ever seen. It proves that it can be mineral and saline, and that it can speak of the earth just as eloquently as its Blaufränkisch counterparts. With gentle herbal aromas giving it some extra lift, this is Austrian white wine of the wilderness; as nature would intend it to be.
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- Winemaker: Christoph Wachter-Wiesler
Where and How?
The Alte Reben Weiss is a blend of old vine Welschriesling and Pinot Blanc from 40 to 60-year-old vines.
The juice underwent a period of maceration time with the skins, after which it fermented naturally in large old wooden barrels. The grapes have an extensive maceration period and are fermented spontaneously in the large wooden barrel. After fermentation, the wine remains in the barrel for a whole year on the whole yeast and is unfiltered and bottled with minimal addition of sulphur.
The Wachter-Wiesler wines saw a radical change in style when Christoph took the winemaking reins from his parents, but instead of becoming more radically affected by the winemaking, the opposite occurred; the wines became more subtle and dialled-in to their source—the vineyards. The hand of the human stepped back and instead the voice of the fruit itself became louder.
Today, the Blaufränkisch wines they produce are amongst the most nuanced versions found in Austria; they compete with the famed ability of Pinot Noir to express their site. As for the 15% white grapes that they work with—this cellar has become home to some of the most thrilling examples of Welschriesling since they flipped their way of thinking.
Most importantly of all, the domaine has led by example with regards to healthy viticulture. The soils thrive and the cover crop & wildflowers bloom throughout the year, providing homes and food for a swathe of beneficial insects. The change has been so positive than Christoph hasn’t noticed herbicide use by other growers in the area for two years; a giant step in the world of Sudburgenland’s vineyards.