Christian Tschida "Himmel Auf Erden" Weiss 2019Regular price $39.00 Save $-39.00
Grapes: Scheurebe, Pinot Blanc
Region: Burgenland, Austria
Christian takes a hands-off approach to winemaking, where the wines spend a great deal of time in barrels in contact with oxygen, some for as many as 5 years before bottling. After a hand harvest, the grapes are destemmed manually, and crushed by foot in large, closed top tanks that sit outside the winery in the shade. After crushing, the juice is moved to large barrels inside the winery, where fermentation begins naturally with indigenous yeast. After fermentation, the wine is transferred to additional barrels, where it spends 1 year aging in 500 to 1500-liter barrels. As of the 2015 vintage, all of Christian’s wines are made without any additions of sulfur. The wines are never racked (meaning they spend their entire aging process on the lees) and everything is bottled by hand to preserve the freshness of the wine and leave a little residual carbon dioxide to aid preservation.
Himmel Auf Erden means “heaven on earth,” and indeed this wine calls for lofty language — it's wild, savage, serene. On the nose, tight bunches of dried, medicinal herbs like sage, chamomile, and ginseng. Dark, fragrant flowers, sandle-wood, incense, petrichor, granite… it’s a mythological ambrosia straight out of Ovid's Metamorphosis. On the palate it’s all rich, beeswax, tonic lemonade, with incredible acidity. So much tension between the soapy floral elements (rose water, orange water) and a mineral sheen. Heaven indeed. [Matthew Hawkins, November 2020]