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Second vintage of Katrin Lautner’s side project, using Markus’ grapes and making the wine herself in his cellar. Single vineyard Buschenberg (schist) from 30 year old Welschriesling vines. One batch of grapes was made as carbonic maceration for two weeks before pressing off the juice. Second batch was macerated on skins (but destemmed) for two weeks and then pressed. Both batches were then blended and aged in two 228L barrels.
Together with his wife Bernadette and his cellar master Katrin, Markus tends 13 hectares of vines scattered mainly on two of the Leithaberg appellation's premier single-vineyards, Gritschenberg and Jungenberg. Gritschenberg, in its geological core formed by the outskirts of the Alpine mountain range, shows a high density of limestone, whereas Jungenberg, a mere few hundred metres apart, contains a pure schist composition, giving the wines a more vertical and direct expression of fruit. Beyond Blaufränkisch, old-vine Chardonnay (grown on limestone), Neuburger (on schist and limestone) as well as Grüner Veltliner (on limestone) represent other incrementally important varieties, which Markus vinifies and releases as single vineyard wines with little to no intervention.