Gernot Heinrich, Burgenland


Chardonnay Leithaberg DAC, 2015

13%

750 ml

Varietal: Chardonnay

Tasting Notes:

The curious combination of depth and lightness. Chardonnay Leithaberg voices the soul of its roots with determination, purpose and courageous honesty. At the beginning cautiously reserved, this wine demands mindfulness, air, patience and a large glass before revealing its true nature. After a brief period, pale blossoms and yellow-fleshed fruit appear over a meadow of wild herbs accompanied by deep notes of roasted grain and a Madeleine soaked in single malt. Subtle smokiness lends persistence to a highly delicate, fine silhouette and integrates fully into the yellow-fleshed aromas. Steely and structured with bracing acidity that effortlessly pulls a sack of stones over the palate, leaving an enjoyable trail that to follow.

A la Carte: 91 points, Furore & rotWEISSrot: 17 points, Falstaff Magazine 91 points

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Chardonnay thrives splendidly on the east facing limestone and schist slopes of the Leithaberg (Leitha Mountains). The main portions stem from the Spiegel, Kirchberg and Alter Berg vineyards in Winden and the Fügler in Jois. Grapes also come from the Edelgraben and Zwergsbreiten sites in Breitenbrunn.

Handpicked mid-September and left for some hours on the skins and stems. Spontaneous fermentation and malolactic fermentation. Matured for 21 months on its lees in large oak casks and used 500-liter barrels.

Residual Sugar: 1.5 g/l

Acidity: 6 g/l