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Gernot & Heike Heinrich - "Graue Freyheit" Austria White 2021 (750ml)


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In the crafting of "Graue Freyheit," which stands for "freedom" in Austrian dialect, the grapes are selectively handpicked at the beginning of September. Using a natural fermentation process with the grapes' indigenous yeasts, they are primarily kept in skin contact for a period of two weeks. This is followed by a delicate pressing technique using a traditional basket press. The wine then goes through a spontaneous malolactic fermentation and ages for 17 months in a combination of amphorae and reused oak barrels, resting on its lees throughout. It's finally bottled in an unfiltered state, eschewing the addition of sulphur.

The wine is carefully encased in clay containers, a nod to biodynamic traditions and the unending rhythms of nature, with a focus on handcrafted precision and meticulous detailing.

Tasting the wine reveals a medium-bodied texture, featuring nuances of wild strawberries, peaches, and rhubarb, all intertwined with a complex, layered texture and a zest of lime.