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Puszta Libre, Claus Preisinger 2021
Claus Preisinger’s story starts 20 years ago at the tender age of 20 with a few tanks and barrels. The newly trained winemaker had just started working for Hans Nittnaus - back then, and still today, one of the pioneers of early organic winemaking in the region. What always stayed was his immense talent to reflect purity and balance in his wines. Around 2006/2007, alongside like-minded growers in the village, he switched to biodynamics and this, in his own words, 'changed everything‘. Today Claus farms around 20 hectares around the North stretch of Lake Neusiedlersee in the villages of Purbach, Weiden, Gols and Mönchhof. As impressive as his track record has been since the start, his wines truly advanced around 10 years ago with his early-stage experimentation in the cellar (Claus was one of the first to use Georgian Qvevris and then continued to experiment with vessels from Spain, Italy and even China). His hands-off approach in the winemaking was combined with a naturally occurring earlier harvest and a search for freshness rarely seen in the area before.
A mouth-watering blend of Austrian-natives Zweigelt and Sankt Laurent, topped up with a generous splash of Pinot Noir. This wine unashamedly flirtatious and fun and is served up with zero fining, filtration or added sulphur.
Producer Claus Preisinger
Origin Burgenland, Austria
Grapes 60% Zweigelt, 20% St Laurent, 20% Pinot Noir
Alcohol 11.5% ABV
Style Medium body fragrant red
Bottle size 750ml
Winemaking Manual harvested, 80% semi carbonic fermentation, 20% carbonic fermentation, half aged in large oak barrels, the other half in stainless steel for 6 months. Not filtred and no SO2 added.
Notes Natural, Organic, Biodynamic