Gsellmann Zu Tisch Weiss 2017
Neuberger 50%, Sauvignon Blanc 30%, Weissburgunder 30%
This young grower, whose family has been making wine since 1800, farms twenty-one hectares of vineyards in Gols (where wine has been made for two thousand years, and was part of Hungary till 1921) in the Pannonian basin with its hot, dry summers and lengthy ripening season.
The nearby Lake Neusiedl moderating the climate throughout the year, and strong winds aerating the vineyards. The gravelly soils were created from deposits from the receding Pannonian sea, and offer excellent drainage. Since 2010, Andreas has farmed biodynamically and is a member of Respekt, a group of “young, dynamic and non- dogmatic” winemakers in Austria, Germany and Hungary.
Zu Tisch Weiss is from a vineyard adjacent to the Danube, planted on loamy sand and limestone above flooded Danube river gravel. Like all Andreas' vineyards, it is farmed biodynamically.
The Sauvignon Blanc is naturally fermented with ten days skin contact, while Neuberger and Weissburgunder are naturally fermented off skins in stainless steel tanks. All are then blended and matured for six months in tank on fine lees, undergoing full and natural malolactic fermentation. There is no oak influence on the wine, allowing intense fruit to show in the form of gooseberries and lime, with herbal freshness and a juicy, long finish.