Weingut Pittnauer Perfect Day 2019

 Country: Austria

Region: Burgenland

Type: Orange Wine (Skin Contact)

Grapes: 40% Chardonnay, 30% Muscat Ottnel, 20% Gruner Veltliner, 10% Traminer

Producer: Gerhard und Brigitte Pittnauer

ABV: 12%

An attractive aromatic wine with orange, spice and plenty of tannic grip. 

The vines are planted in heavy clay soils of the Altenberg (Gols) vineyard, are hand harvested in September and undergo intensive sorting. Spontaneous fermentation with natural yeasts under temperature control and then aged in barrique for 8 months.

For the Gruner Veltliner 95% whole berries were used and 5% bunches and then fermented for ten days in open vats, while the Muscat Ottonel and Traminer underwent the same process but with reduced time on the skins. The Chardonnay is immediately pressed to maintain a crisp texture and freshness with mineral elements. Each varietal was matured separately in barrique for half a year and then merged just before bottling.

Gerhard Pittnauer is a purist, he believes in adding nothing to his wines, except perhaps sulphur. Certified biodynamic since 2009 although farming biodynamically since 2006, Gerhard and his wife Brigitte aim to produce wines that reflect their origins and leave as little footprint on the land as possible. Vines have been planted around Gols near Lake Neusiedl since the thirteenth century and they believe that they should observe traditions and ensure that the land is still viable for viticulture for generations to come. They eschew cultured yeasts, enzymes or heavy-handed use of oak, preferring to make wines with genuine originality and an individual style, that also allow the variety and terroir to shine through.

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