GOLS, BURGENLAND, AUSTRIA
ORGANIC + BIODYNAMIC
This is a blend of Markus Altenburger's diverse collection of native varieties including Traminer, Grüner Veltliner, Welschriesling, Sauvignon, Muskat and Neuburger, old vines in general. Harvested in September (different dates for varieties). 2-14 days on skins (variety dependent - Grüner 14 days for example, and Welschriesling 2). Ferments for 2 weeks in wood and concrete then matured in used 225l barrels for 1 year. Unfiltered and only a little SO2.
In 2006, Markus took over the family winery in Jois, and to this day solely focuses on the varieties that best express this unique terroir. His approach in the vineyards and cellar has shown a 180-degree change over the last 15 years, and today all of his vineyards are certified organic, now gearing towards biodynamic certification in the coming year. Blaufränkisch, undoubtetly Austria's highest quality red terroir grape stands at the centre of Markus Altenburger's work.
Together with his wife Bernadette and his cellar master Kathrin, 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.
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