In German 'Freyheit' (or Freiheit) means Freedom. In this case, it identifies as freedom from additives and the carefully considered low/no intervention approach at the core of Heinrich’s wine growing. The result is a vibrant wine, made from a blend of Weissburgunder and Muskat Ottonel, brimming with bright floral, earth and enticing spice aromas.
Deep gold. So different from Heinrich’s 2019 Freyheit wines. More toasty and with notes of struck match suggesting a more reductive style. Even more reductive the day after opening. On the palate, fabulous freshness and outstanding intensity. Like essence of citrus but shot through with a minerally dry concentration and the savoury character of a reductive wine. Powerful despite its modest alcohol. Comparing this with the 2019s, have they now changed their style? There’s tannins but they are in the background. Pure and complex and still so youthful. I reckon this will age a very long time.
Drink 2020 - 2030
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!