Christian Tschida 'Hokus Pokus' Gruner/Riesling 2018
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.
45 year old vines of Gruner Veltliner & Riesling, Grapes are hand harvested, destemmed, and crushed by foot. The juice ferments in a large single barrel with indigenous yeast and no racking. Short 5 day skin maceration adding a lovely texture. It spends 1 year aging in barrel and is bottled without fining or filtering and no addition of sulfur.