Christian Tschida Himmel auf Erden Weiss 2015

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Neusiedlersee, Burgenland, Austria
Weissburgunder, Scheurebe & Gelber Muskateller
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites

Christian Tschida cultivates 10 hectares of old vines in the Neusiedlersee region of Burgenland. His vineyards are planted on sandy gravel, schist, and limestone soils and have been in the family for 4 generations. This area of Burgenland has a unique microclimate due to the moderating influence of the vast Lake Neusiedlersee nearby. Christian has a very hands off approach in his vineyards, preferring to let nature take its course. His wild looking parcels are instantly recognisable - overgrown with cover crops that both preserve biodiversity in the vineyards and force the vines to bury their roots deep into the soils in search of nutrients. For Christian, the crucial decision comes at harvest time when he is meticulous about picking the fruit at the optimal point of ripeness - something he judges by taste rather than by measuring the technical sugar levels. In the cellar Christian is both experimental and traditional - constantly trying new vinification techniques but never employing high tech equipment. His wines are all foot stomped, spontaneously fermented in closed tanks that sit outside in the shade, and racked with the help of gravity.

This ‘Heaven on Earth’ white blend from Christian is made from Weissburgunder, Scheurebe,and Gelber Muskateller grown on gravelly schist soils east of Lake Neusiedlersee. The name and label is inspired by the famous Austrian artist Alfred Hrdlicka. The grapes are macerated on their skins for 7-8 days, with whole bunch fermentation. The juice is spontaneously fermented in open top fermenters, and aged for 8 months partly in oak and partly in stainless steel. It is bottled without fining or filtration.