Christian Tschida - 2017 Himmel auf Erden Red

 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.

This ‘Heaven and Earth’ red is a blend of 50% Zweigelt and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the gravelly schist soils east of Lake Neusiedlersee. The grapes are wild fermented in open top tanks then aged in large oak barrels for 2 years before bottling without any fining, filtration or additives. A compelling red that beckons you to fling open your spirit and float up to the clouds.

Varietal Zweigelt, Cabernet Franc || Region Burgenland, Austria || ABV 12% || Vol 750ml