Chardonnay has been grown in Burgenland for nearly 900 years, brought by Cistercian monks from Burgundy around 1150. When planted on limestone soils, it can produce some of the world’s best wines. It is exactly such limestone that Chardonnay is planted on the Leithagebirge.
The interplay between the sandy loam soils with a limestone bedrock, as well as Burgenland’s warm Pannonian climate, that produces full bodied, elegant wines with spicy aromas and concentrated flavours.
The grapes for Leithakalk are from the vineyards of Neusatz, Tatschler, Gloria, and Katterstein. These are south and southeast facing slopes on the Leithagebirge, at an elevation range of 185m to 325m.
All the grapes are selectively hand harvested at a yield of 45hl/ha. The wine is fermented and aged on the lees for 7 months in large, old barrels of Austrian oak.
Alcohol: 13.5% vol
Acid: 5.2 g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
CRITIC RATINGS92 Falstaff
92 James Suckling
The nose delivers wonderfully expressive aromas of yellow plum, apricot, quince and apple. Velvety and crisp on the palate, the wine gives both balance and complexity with a long finish of peach and quince fruit and stony minerality freshness.
Pairs well with seafood, shellfish, pasta and light meat dishes.