"Chardonnay Leithaberg voices the soul of its roots with determination, purpose and courageous honesty. Initially cautiously reserved, this wine demands mindfulness, air, patience and a large glass before revealing its true nature." - Weingut HeinrichAs this lovely note from the winery explains, Heinrich's 'Leithaberg' Chardonnay is a wine that builds in flavour and enjoyment the longer you have it in your glass. It transports you to the vines of the Leitha Mountains, unfolding into layers of orchard fruit, peach, lemon curd and toasted nuts, with a lightly creamy finish. A beautiful Chardonnay with extended lees ageing and a soft texture that comes from old oak ageing. Fantastic value, and especially delicious with chicken cooked in sage butter, or even halibut cooked in brown butter (butter is key here!).
Gernot and Heike Heinrich put their heart and soul into their wines and it shows in this diverse range with energy and finesse. They have never been afraid to innovate - after taking over Gernot’s family winery in 1985 they were among the first in the region to produce high-quality reds, seeing the potential in local varietals like Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt and St Laurent. Heinrich has vineyards on the Leithaberg, southwest of Vienna, and also on the other side of Lake Neusiedl where the gentle slopes of the Pannonian Plain give a warmer microclimate.
They are passionate about biodynamics because they feel it’s right for the planet but also because Gernot believes that the best wines express a sense of place and that they can only do this if they're rooted in a biologically diverse environment and the vines live in symbiosis with a healthy ecosystem. They have a flock of the friendliest, most contented looking sheep we’ve ever met, as well as ducks and hens, and beehives in some of their vineyards!