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2018 Markus Altenburger, Vom Kalk Chardonnay, Burgenland, Austria

2018 Markus Altenburger, Vom Kalk Chardonnay, Burgenland, Austria

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PRODUCER

MARKUS ALTENBURGER

COUNTRY

AUSTRIA

REGION

BURGENLAND

GRAPE VARIETY

CHARDONNAY

VINTAGE

2018

VITICOLTURE

BIODYNAMIC

TASTING NOTES

PALE GOLD COLOUR, STONY, CHALKY NOSE & FRESH PEACH AROMA, THE PALATE HAS SALTY MINERALITY WITH A DENSE STRUCTURE & VERY SOFT TANNINS

CURIOSITY

MARKUS ALTENBURGER’S 10 HECTARES OF VINES ARE PLANTED ON THE SLOPES OF THE LEITHABERG IN BURGENLAND. THE REGIONAL LIMESTONE LEITHKALK SOIL PRODUCES HIGH ACID, MINERAL WINES. THE LACK OF NUTRIENTS IN THE SOIL FORCE THE VINES TO BURY DEEPER INTO THE GROUND, DEVELOPING COMPLEX ROOT SYSTEMS AND GIVING THE WINES OF THE LEITHABERG THEIR SIGNATURE MINERALITY. IN 2006 MARKUS TOOK OVER THE FAMILY WINERY, AND TO THIS DAY SOLELY FOCUSES ON THE VARIETIES THAT BEST EXPRESS THIS UNIQUE TERROIR AND PRODUCE AUTHENTIC AND HONEST WINES. HIS WINEMAKING METHODS ARE VERY NATURAL, NO ARTIFICIAL YEASTS OR ENZYMES ARE USED, AND THE LOW YIELDS AND NATURAL TREATMENT OF THE VINES AND SOIL GUARANTEE STRUCTURED, LONG-LASTING WINES. THE GRAPES HAVE BEEN HANDPICKED AT THE BEGINNING OF SEPTEMBER. AFTER DESTEMMING AND MACERATION ON THE SKINS FOR 18 HOURS, THE GRAPES WERE PRESSED AND THE JUICE FERMENTED WITH THE NATURAL YEAST PARTLY IN STAINLESS STEEL TANKS, CONCRETE EGGS AND FRENCH OAK BARRELS.