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|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Certified Organic, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan|
Neusiedlersee-Hügelland is a sub-region of Burgenland, in Western Austria, and features a low mountain range to the west of Lake Neusiedl known as the Leithaberg. This area is unique for its mix of marine limestone and mica schist soils. Markus Altenburger's family has been in the region for over 500 years, originally farming a mix of animals, agricultural crops, and wine. In the 1990s, Markus’s father moved the entire production to wine and Markus joined the family winery in 2006 and began conversion to organic practices. The grüner veltliner grapes for this cuvée come from the Ladisberg vineyard and are over 50 years in age, planted in shell-limestone soils. It is fermented and aged in concrete egg and large neutral barrels, is fermented with indigenous yeast, and spends 14 months on the fine lees before bottling. On the nose, it displays citrus, orchard fruit, honey, minerality, herbs, nuts, and white tea with mostly the citrus dominating the supple palate. It still retains tension and acidity for it’s age, and a kiss of oak does come through, making this pretty atypical but exciting for grüner! Certified organic, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.