Tizenhét 2017 — White Blend
A Wine That
shows the savoury side of white wine - think herbs, spices, freshly baked dough and a sprinkling of salt. Thirstquenching and vibrant, this is your apértif wine that will show off your canapé selection: a pastry match made in heaven.
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- Winemaker: Christoph Wachter-Wiesler
Where and How?
For this wine, Christoph removes the stems from Olaszrizling, Chardonnay and Traminer and then presses the grapes, rather than crushing them. The resulting clear juice is then aged in stainless steel and used 500 litre oak barrels, which lets the characteristics of these grape varieties come to the fore.
The vines are grown on both iron-rich loamy sand and stony-schist in Eisenberg, right on the edge of Austria, just off the Hungarian border (hence the Hungarian Tizenhét, which means seventeen).
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.