Weingut Pittnauer Dogma Rose 2018$23.00
Weingut Pittnauer Dogma Rose 2018
Region: Burgenland, Austria
There is a simple and honest feeling in the wine and spirit of Gerhard Pittnauer which hails from his generosity and humility. Given the reins of his vineyard in the mid-1980’s after the unexpected death of his father, Gerhard, then 18 years old, had to train himself to make wine in the midst of scandal and chaos in the Austrian wine market. He set forth to ‘grow’ wine rather than to ‘make’ it in the cellar, from the autochtone varietals. He did so without any viticultural doctrine until he found that there was a consistent, common thread in the wines he loved to drink from France and elsewhere. So he tends 15 hectares, half of which he owns and half of which he rents, alongside his wife Brigitte to create what they call living wines. All work is done manually from composting to pruning. They taste for perfect ripeness, select the cleanest grapes, and begin the wine in the cellar in response to the conditions of the vintage. They do incorporate a bit of modern technology: a pneumatic press, temperature-controlled steel tanks and pumps, all to ensure the purity and freshness of the fruit remains. They are making wines that excite them with the unique voice of the varietal and the deep limestone soils of the terroir speaking clearly. Gerhard and Brigitte are aware of the evolution of their tastes as well as the vineyard’s.
From 18 year old vines planted on their cherished Ungerberg site to soils composed of sand, loam and chalk. The grapes were hand-harvested a the beginning of October with vineyard and cellar sorting before de-stemming 50%, the other half left as whole-cluster. The grapes spend six hours macerating until spontaneous fermentation begins with natural yeasts in stainless steel (3000L) that lasts for three weeks. The wine remains on lees for 18 months with no stirring and is aged for 10 months. Not filtered.