2017 Andert Blauer Zweigelt
Region: Neusiedlersee > Burgenland > Austria
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Demeter certified biodynamic, certified organic, loess and loam soil, open vat fermentation, bottled unfined/unfiltered with no sulfites added, zero zero, 11% ABV
Winemaker: Erich + Michael Andert
MOUNTAIN MAGIC: It’s Austria! The hills are literally alive with the sound of music.
Erich Andert and his brother Michael are brothers making waves with Zweigelt and skin macerated white wines in their small corner of southern Burgenland. They are obsessive biodynamic farmers tending to a huge range of crops and animals on their 4.5 hectare farm. Michael learned biodynamics during his 19 years working for Sepp Moser, a well-known biodynamic farm not far away. Erich has a sommelier and sales background, working for some of the best restaurants, wine shops and importers in Austria over the years. Together they’re making some f*ing great natural wine, unique and refreshing for this part of Austria that is still pretty stodgy. Unlike this wine, with is energetic and vibrant, rubies and violets. It tastes like rhubarb, sour cherry and under ripe plums, with a floral, forest-y element.