2022 Weingut Alexander Koppitsch 'Pretty Nuts', Burgenland, Austria
Vineyard: Neuberg. 0.68ha of limestone and schist, planted between 2000 and 2003
Grapes: roughly 50% Blaufrankisch, 50% Syrah
Cellar: all grapes are hand-picked and processed as whole bunches in the old screw press. No additives, no temperature control at any stage of winemaking. Juice goes straight into fiberglass tanks, racked before natural fermentation kicks in. At the right point during fermentation, the wild juice by hand by the entire family. During the first warm days of spring, when the nights are still freezing, the bottles are put into the backyard for cooling and manually disgorged by Alex, filled up and resealed. No sulfur added since 2020.
Personality: very merry cherry. “PetNat is a very appealing and super fun drink, with bubbles that can drive you crazy (positively – this explains the name), suitable at any time of the year, not only in summer,” says Maria about this wine, and we couldn’t agree more. One juice for all the seasons FTW!