Grapes: 80% Gruner Veltliner, 20% Reisling. Region: Austria> Niederosterreich (Lower Austria). Notes: Petillant Natural (Methode Ancestral), certified biodynamic, very low sulfites.
Description: Johannes Zillinger learned early on from his father about the craft of organic winemaking, about viewing the vineyard as a habitat and protecting the environment instead of poisoning it. His father Hans turned to organic viticulture in 1983 and was one of the pioneers in Austria. When Johannes took over the winery in 2013, he took it even further, transitioning to biodynamics and starting a new chapter for the 350 year old winery. His wines are certified Demeter biodynamic, and Johannes believes wholeheartedly in the philosophy of biodynamic farming. Whole cluster pressed Grüner Veltliner starts fermentation in stainless steel. The must is then bottled with a selection vintage Riesling, where it completes fermentation. At 11.5% alcohol, this is easy to drink with a distinctive salty, and sourdough flavor profile. A combination of tart apple, pear, and stone fruit are also revealed on the palate. Very persistent bubbles add a clean note to this crisp, dry Pet Nat.