Keep it natural, baby.
Soil Type: Limestone
Age of Vines: 15-20 years
Yields: 30 hl/ha
Varieties: Chardonnay and Weissburgunder
Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and destemmed. They leave the wine unpressed for a few hours and then press the juice into old barrels. The wine ferments on the gross lees with zero additives. The wine matures in barrel for one year, after which it is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with a small addition of sulfur.
Alexander and Maria Koppitsch began making wine in Burgenland in 2011. They took over their parents 5.5-hectare winery and moved from selling their grapes into making their own wine. The vineyards are in the Neusiedl am See, a small village situated at the shores of the Neusidl Lake and on the eastern end of the Leitha Mountains which feature soft, rolling hills of mostly limestone soil. Like his father and grandfather before him, Alex does not believe in introducing any additives into the grapes or the wine. They use Rudolf Steiner’s biodynamic principles to cultivate their grapes, and pride themselves on performing every aspect of the vineyard management and the winemaking by hand, on a very small scale.
The Koppitsch wines have shifted in recent vintages, from what was previously a focus on single varietal bottlings, to what is now a focus on their various soil types:
SEEFELD: sandy soil – HOMOK + ROSZA + PERSPEKTIVE VINTAGE + PRETTY NɅTS- Grüner Veltliner, Weissburgunder, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir
NEUBERG: limestone + schist – ROSZA + PERSPEKTIVE WEISS + PERSPEKTIVE ROT + TOUCH + PRETTY NɅTS+ AEON – Chardonnay, Blaufränkisch, St. Laurent, Syrah, Welschriesling, Weissburgunder
PRÄDIUM + HUTWEIDE: gravel – RÉT + ROSZA + PRETTY NUTS + AEON – Zweigelt, St. Laurent
SCHAFBÜHL: clay soil – JUH + TOUCH – Gemischter Satz white
And their labels have changed to bring an element of these soil types to the fore.
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