Keep it natural, baby.
Hand harvested and primarily fermented in 80% stainless steel tanks and 20% in old large barrels with no temperature control and indigenous yeasts. The wine is aged 8 months in stainless steel tanks, then 1 year in bottle. The second fermentation takes place in the bottle with added champagne yeast. Zero sulfur is added to the wine and there is no dosage. This wine shows more intense bubbles than the Schilcher Frizzante and is made from older vines, giving it the ability to be more age-worthy.
Franz Strohmeier is a visionary natural winemaker, working in the Steiermark part of Styria, known as the “Green Heart” of Austria. Franz is a very philosophical winemaker, who is never content to make wine as the establishment does around him, always making the decisions he feels express his terroir in the most natural way. He is constantly tinkering with his 8 hectares of vines to find better and more natural methods. Most recently for example, he began using whey (the liquid part of milk produced in cheese production) to spray his grapes, instead of copper sulfate. He has some portion of his grapes growing wild, without pruning, that produce very small intensely flavored grapes.
Franz does not subscribe to any certified biodynamic organization, although many of his methods sound like very biodynamic to us. If a malady strikes a vine, he often prefers to not treat it. Instead he prefers to forgoe those vines, saying the vineyard as a whole gains in health from a little bit of sickness. Biodiversity is a chief concern.
Franz makes sparkling wines with great finesse and stability, perfect for every day drinking and pairing with a wide variety of foods. He also makes white wines with subtle amounts of skin contact, the TLZ line, the Weiss and Sonne, amazingly crafted zero sulfur wines for special occasions.
Katie and Denny
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210 E. Vermilion Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
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