Keep it natural, baby.
From the producer:
We were just trying to make bread rolls one night and watching Youtube videos about how to fold them right like all bread nerds do, when we found this baker that was karaté schlag-ing each fold to make it look nice. We watched it 100 times, we laughed a lot trying to practice our schlags, our rolls still looked like shit, but the expression stuck with us. If you’re into bread, you can watch how to fold here, but we recommend not drinking too much wine at the same time.
Karaté Schlag is a red wine made with a grape that is very popular in Austria, especially for more serious age-worthy wine. Its name rhymes with FRISCH.
Vinification: There is a portion of destemmed mash, one of whole cluster and one of juice for a final recipe showing both fruit and structure.
Aging: 11 months in used 500L barrels.
Sulfur: 15mg at bottling
Soil type: Gneiss and Mica schists.
Age of vines: 16 years old, planted in 2004
Our wines are made to be enjoyed with friends, or enemies, anyone you may call family, or alone on any day of the week. We encourage you to try them over a large variety of moods. Our story is very uncomplicated. We are two wine enthusiasts, or call us professionals if you have to, who met over the hot harvest of 2018 in Austria. Our marriage followed in 2019. Both of us were cooking professionally as a first career, which we eventually ditched to go into wine full time.
Emily is the Wine Director of Restaurant Candide in Montreal, since 2016 up to this day, working remotely from her home in Europe (yes that’s feasible). She is also a week-end wine writer, her work is occasionally published in various magazines and web platforms in English and French. Christoph has studied Oenology and Viticulture in Neustadt (Germany), where he learned a lot of important stuff. He worked for Clemens Busch for a few years, before moving to Austria as a full-time member of the Weninger team, where he officiates as a cellar master. We also build daily dreams of starting a small vegetable farm in the near future, which will be aptly named Goutte Gemüse. If your rich uncle wants to invest, send us an email.
All the grapes for the wines below were grown by Weingut Weninger, which has had a biodynamic approach of viticulture for over a decade now. They have (amazing) vineyards on both sides of the Austro-Hungarian border. They generously provided a space for us to nurture a few barrels, and precious guidance in sending them out to the world for the first time. While we care deeply about the sense of place a wine can demonstrate, we decided to declassify our wines as Europäischer Wein anyway. It was our first year making wine together, we still have a lot to learn and explore, so we approached the vintage (XIX) with an experimental mindset. The day will come when our interpretation of a vineyard will feel connective enough for us to write it on the bottle. Until then, we’ll keep it as simple as possible. This also means we cannot disclose variety or vineyard details on this website.
We hope you like drinking them as much as we liked making them.
Christoph & Emily
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