KOPPITSCH RET (750ml)
Neusiedl am See
ChickenPasta with Tomato SauceShellfish
In 2011 Alexander and Maria Koppitsch took over their parents 5.5 hectare winery in Burgenland, Austria and moved from selling their grapes to making their own wine under their own label. The vineyards are in the Neusiedl am See, a small village situated at the shores of the Neusidl Lake and a the eastern end of the Leitha Mountains which feature soft, rolling hills of mostly limestone soil. Alex respects the same organic grape growing philosophy as is father and grandfather did and he does not use any additives on his grapes or in his winemaking. They practice Rudolf Steiner’s biodynamic principles to cultivate their grapes, all aspects of vineyard management and winemaking are done by hand and on a very small scale. They make two distinct lines of wine, the Authentisch wines, which are more forthright and easy to drink, and receive a light filtering and a small addition of sulfur, as well as the more complex wines in the Unfiltered line, which take longer to ferment and have zero addition of sulfur.
Each wine in the Koppitsch range focuses on a certain aspect of soil and how that is expressed through the wine.
Koppitsch Ret is part of the producer’s “fun wine range”. These wines are made with the intention of expressing the textural components imparted by soils made up of sand, clay and gravel. The result is a super juicy red with enticing cranberry, cherry and raspberry aromas with some darker fruit notes and cracked black pepper notes.
80% Zweigelt, 20% St. Laurent grown on sandy soil. Grapes are hand harvested and fermented on the skins for about 10 days without temperature control. The grapes are then pressed and the juice goes in stainless steel tanks and acacia barrels for 14 months to rest on the gross lees. The skins remain in contact with the juice for about 4 hours after which time the bunches are direct pressed, and fermentation lasts about 7 days. The wine is bottled unfined, unfiltered and with a small addition of sulfur.