Koppitsch - When Life Gives You Lemons (1.5L)

Koppitsch - When Life Gives You Lemons (1.5L)

A special wine with a special story, a collectible for the Koppitsch fans out there! Available exclusively in mags (only around 100 magnums per vintage), the wine itself can change from vintage to vintage, depending on which special barrel Alex and Maria pick as the most vibrant and “Lemon-worthy”.

It all started with a “pinking” (a little darker color) of their 2018 Homok – Alex was thinking a lot about how to prevent this without having to use sulfur. Since he believed that Sauvignon Blanc was responsible for it, they picked SB separately and vinified it separately the vintage after. Carbonic maceration then turned it into an incredibly lively white that they decided to bottle separately, as a little special something for their fanbase.

As Maria says: “We would never have made a Sauvignon Blanc Carbonic if not for the pinking in Homok 2018. This fact pretty well matches the saying: When life gives you LEMONS, make lemonade from them. This explains it all, right?”

Hand-picked whole bunches were put into a 750l open-top plastic vat, which was then driven back to the cellar. The constant addition of CO2 ensured a precise fermentation. After 6 days, the bunches were stomped and the skin contact extended up to 16 days. Pressed straight into old barriques (225L). Natural fermentation, no temperature control at any stage of winemaking, occasional batonnage. Matured on gross lees for several months without any additives. No fining, no filtration, no sulfites added, bottled by hand.

Husband and wife Alexander and Maria Koppitsch began making wine in Burgenland in 2011. They took over their parents 5.5-hectare winery and moved from selling their grapes into making their own wine. The vineyards are in the Neusiedl am See, a small village situated at the shores of the Neusidl Lake and on the eastern end of the Leitha Mountains which feature soft, rolling hills of mostly limestone soil. Like his father and grandfather before him, Alex does not believe in introducing any additives into the grapes or the wine. Alex takes pride on performing every aspect of the vineyard management and the winemaking by hand, on a very small scale. 

A lovely rosehip nose and vivid acidity. Red fruit for days.

Pizza, Burgers, Summer BBQ

About the Winemaker

Husband and wife Alexander and Maria Koppitsch began making wine in Burgenland in 2011. They took over their parents 5.5-hectare winery and moved from selling their grapes into making their own wine. The vineyards are in the Neusiedl am See, a small village situated at the shores of the Neusidl Lake and on the eastern end of the Leitha Mountains which feature soft, rolling hills of mostly limestone soil. Like his father and grandfather before him, Alex does not believe in introducing any additives into the grapes or the wine. Alex takes pride on performing every aspect of the vineyard management and the winemaking by hand, on a very small scale. 

Tasting Notes

A lovely rosehip nose and vivid acidity. Red fruit for days.

Pairings

Pizza, Burgers, Summer BBQ