Markus Altenburger

Leithaberg | Jois

Markus Altenburger is stoking a building fascination with Leithaberg wines. His vineyards (now in the third year of organic conversion) perch at Austria’s far eastern edge, where vast, shallow Lake Neusiedl and the low Leitha mountain range wrangle for influence. Markus wants his wines to express this Pannonian-meets-Alpine tension along with the subtleties of distinctive limestone and slate soils through a small handful of native and traditional Austrian varieties, now more red than white. He is focused on blaufränkisch, a narrow range of now-rare native white varieties and old-vine chardonnay, and distinctly Austrian styles of rosé.

Markus Altenburger 2020 Grüner Veltliner "Joiser Reben"

This new grüner veltliner comes from several vineyards in Jois containing the 3 major soils of this area - limestone, schist and loam.  Following harvest, the grapes macerated on the skins prior to pressing.  Native yeast fermentation was carried out in stainless steel and neutral oak fermentors, followed by ageing in netural oak ranging in size from 225L to 1300L. Battonage was expressed every week for 2 months before allowing the wine to settle naturally. The final wine is bottled un-fined and un-filtered.

  • 2020
  • Grüner Veltliner
  • Leithaberg
  • Austria
  • Burgenland
  • Leithaberg
  • Certified Organic by LACON
  • Limestone, loam and schist
  • Neutral oak ranging from 225L to 1,300L
  • Stainless steel, neutral oak
  • 1.0
  • 750 ml

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