Christian Tschida - 2018 Felsen II Syrah
This Syrah is super savoury and utterly captivating – think beef heart, black olives, tobacco, black current, pepper, minerals. A generous wine that fills every nook of your gob. Syrah grapes, hand harvested, destemmed, crushed by foot, wild fermented in large barrels with no racking. The wine spends 2 years ageing in 1200L barrels and is bottled without fining or filtering and no added sulphur.
Christian Tschida farms 11ha of old vines in national park Neusiedlersee, Burgenland, which’ve been with his family since the 1800s. Dry farmed without chemicals, his biodiverse vineyards are like an overgrown botanical garden full of herbs, grasses, flowers, insects and animals. Christian avoids modern technology in his winemaking, opting for hands, feet, gravity. His potions spend much time in barrel mingling with oxygen, some for up to 5 years. After bottling by hand, he returns the grape must and leftover juice to the vines in a homemade prep to aid the health of the vineyard. Oh the circle of life.
Varietal Syrah || Region Burgenland, Austria || ABV 12% || Vol 750ml