A blend of Chardonnay, Muskat Ottonel, Gelber Muskateller and Pinot Blanc grown on the heavy clay soils of the Altenberg vineyard in Gols. Matured in in 500-litre puncheons and 1000-litre foudres. Alcohol 12%; TA 4.6g/L; RS 1.5g/L.
Perfect Day, one of our favourite projects, is on one hand a tribute to the eponymous 1972 Lou Reed song where he sums up the simple joys of life into one perfect day. On the other hand it’s an ambitious attempt to create a wine to accompany such a day.
Gelber Muskateller and Muscat Ottonel were harvested and fermented separately but vinified in the exactly same way – which means that they started fermentation with the grape-skins. After a week we pressed them and subsequently fermented them to dryness in 500-litre oak barrels. Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay were pressed immediately and fermented together in 1000-litre and 500-litre oak barrels. After six months the four grapes were blended right before bottling. The Perfect Day was neither filtered nor sulphured.
The wine is energetic, fragrant, lively and tender. It’s an alternative to the rich and sumptuous interpretations of other skin-contact wines. White flowers, peaches and pebbles shape the aroma structure, but allow other flavours to enter with time and air. The texture is dense and tightly knit, the acidity agile and dynamic. Long and lively finish. – Gerhard Pittnauer