Highlights: Heinrich Weisze Freyheit 2017 Österreich

Heinrich are one of the top producers in Austria’s Burgenland wine region. They farm in the Leithaberg region, biodynamically. This is an area with interesting soils, and low annual rainfall, and the dry-grown vines yield small quantities of really concentrated grapes. I love this wine: it’s utterly profound and beguiling, combining amazing fruit intensity, some structure, and lively acidity. Layered and complete.

Heinrich Weisze Freyheit 2017 Österreich
No added sulfites. 97% Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) with 3% Moscatel Ottonel, with one-quarter of the wine skin fermented. Amazing reductive mineral nose. On the palate this is really alive: bright lemons, lots of minerals, some pear and toast notes, and also a hint of melony richness. The overall impression, though, is one of amazing freshness. It’s so complex, mineral, spicy and multidimensional, with keen acidity and a bit of structure. An exercise in the mastery of reduction. I love it. 95/100

UK importer: Indigo Wine

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