Schilcher Frízzante '19
Description: Schilcher is a typical wine of the Styrian region, known throughout Austria, and frequently paired with fried chicken, a specialty of the region. It is made from a high acid red grape Blauer Wildbacher, and is normally commercially available as a still rosé. Franz Strohmeier has 3.5 hectares of this grape producing a number of expressions.
This sparkling is medium-bodied and fruity. Find a light fizz, with crunchy notes of cranberry, raspberry, and minerality on the nose.
Grapes: Blauer Wildbacher
Region: Steiermark, Austria
Selling Format: 750mL
Franz Strohmeier is a visionary natural winemaker, working in the Steiermark part of Styria, known as the “Green Heart” of Austria. Franz is a very philosophical winemaker, never contented to make wine like the establishments around him – always making the decisions that expresses his terroir in the most natural way. He is constantly tinkering with his 8-hectares of vines to find better and more natural methods. He has some portion of his vines growing wild, without pruning, that produce very small intensely flavoured grapes. Franz does not subscribe to any certified biodynamic organization, although many of his methods sound biodynamic. If a malady strikes a vine, he often prefers to not treat it. Instead he prefers to forgo those vines, saying the vineyard as a whole gains in health from a little bit of sickness, showing how biodiversity is of chief concern.