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Brutal, Christian Tschida 2021
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Christian Tschida started his career long before he ever bottled wines under his own label. In fact, for a long time Christian was experimenting with different techniques, methods and vessels, long before the ’natural movement’ was widely established in Austria. The Tschida family is a long-lasting legacy of winemakers in the village of Illmitz on the Eastern shores of Neusiedlersee. In addition to his family vineyards, Christian has also invested in new (and old) vineyards in the village of Purbach located on the opposite side of the lake within the Leithaberg mountain range.
In total, Christian owns around 14 hectares of vineyards on both sides of the lake, working with a vast variety of indigenous grapes, as well as personal favorites such as old-vine Cabernet Franc and Syrah on pure limestone. Christian’s perfectionist approach is apparent in both the vineyards and cellar. Christian’s biggest investment are his vineyards. His vertical press (the only technical tool he uses) imitates the pressure of a handshake, meaning that only the brightest and purest juice is used. In the cellar, Christian now works with large barrels ranging from 1000L to 3000L in size, which to him, give the ideal balance of freshness and maturation.
Brutal 2020 is a blend of three small plots of Pinot Noir in the village of Purbach grown on the West Shores of Neusiedlersee in the North part of Burgenland. The vineyards are all closely surrounded by forest and therefore always keep a great light character. The soil is pure chalky limestone mixed with a variety of gneiss and glimmer schist towards the upper part of the vineyards. The grapes are pressed with minimum pressure after having been on skins for about 2 weeks with minimum extraction. All of Christian's reds and whites stay on the full lees and in big Austrian oak foudres for at least 10 months before being bottled without filtration and without the addition of SO2.
Producer Christian Tschida
Origin Burgenland, Austria
Grapes Pinot Noir
Alcohol 12% ABV
Style Medium body natural red
Bottle size 750ml
Winemaking Manual harvested, macerated for a 2 weeks and gently pressed. Fermented and aged in large wooden vats for 11months. Unfiltred, unfined and minimal SO2 added.
Notes Natural, Organic