A silky, bold and elegant medium bodied red. A calming wine.
Merlot, Blaufrankisch, Zweigelt. A classy, timeless expression of the region.
13.5% abv. Burgenland, Austria.
One of the key parts to my natural wine spiel is about how natural wine isn't just about the wine but the people. And the best natural winemakers are families. The Renner family in Burgenland Austria, is now onto their third generation of winemakers, with the latest crop taking over in 2014. That is Stefanie and Susanne a.k.a the Rennersista's, and since 2020 their brother Georg.
They farm 12 hectares by hand and it's all certified biodynamic. Some of those sites are really special, such as Altenberg, providing unique terroir, add to that a range of well selected grapes bringing complexity and local character. Or as they put it "basically just really good wines".
Also in their words:
"Our philosophy in short:
Biodynamically certified by Demeter. Soft pruning. Biodiversity in the cover crops. Living wines. Handcraft. Spontaneous fermentation. Hand picking. Time for ageing in oak and clay. No filtration, no fining. Fine lees instead of sulphur." We say, here here! Get some.