Alexander and Maria Koppitsch “Rét” Zweigelt
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Region: Burgenland, Austria
Viticulture: Practicing biodynamic
Grape varieties: 80% Zweigelt and 20% St. Laurent
Juicy berry fruit and a woodsy note develop on both the nose and palate. A fun and fresh wine with lively acidity. Serve with a slight chill. Unfined, unfiltered, and low sulfite addition.
Song: Saturday in the Park by Chicago
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From the importer:
Alexander and Maria Koppitsch began making wine in Burgenland in 2011. They took over their parents 5.5-hectare winery and moved from selling their grapes into making their own wine. The vineyards are in the Neusiedl am See, a small village situated at the shores of the Neusidl Lake and on the eastern end of the Leitha Mountains which feature soft, rolling hills of mostly limestone soil. Like his father and grandfather before him, Alex does not believe in introducing any additives into the grapes or the wine. They use Rudolf Steiner’s biodynamic principles to cultivate their grapes, and pride themselves on performing every aspect of the vineyard management and the winemaking by hand, on a very small scale.
The Koppitsch wines have shifted in recent vintages, from what was previously a focus on single varietal bottlings, to what is now a focus on their various soil types:
SEEFELD: sandy soil – HOMOK + ROSZA + PERSPEKTIVE VINTAGE + PRETTY NɅTS- Grüner Veltliner, Weissburgunder, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir
NEUBERG: limestone + schist – ROSZA + PERSPEKTIVE WEISS + PERSPEKTIVE ROT + TOUCH + PRETTY NɅTS+ AEON – Chardonnay, Blaufränkisch, St. Laurent, Syrah, Welschriesling, Weissburgunder
PRÄDIUM + HUTWEIDE: gravel – RÉT + ROSZA + PRETTY NUTS + AEON – Zweigelt, St. Laurent
SCHAFBÜHL: clay soil – JUH + TOUCH – Gemischter Satz white
And their labels have changed to bring an element of these soil types to the fore.
Since we began working with Alex and Maria’s wines, the expressiveness of terroir and their quality have undergone a meteoric rise. We liked the wines a lot in the beginning, but honestly have been shocked by how much better they get each time we visit and taste the new bottlings. We’re very excited to be working with them, and to see how their wines develop even more in the coming years!