Waiting for Tom weiss
Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay
Burgenland, Austria

After Stefanie had stints at Domaine Matassa with Tom Lubbe and Tom Shobrook in Australia, she joined forces with her sister Susanne. They slowly made their own wines at their parents winery, which exists since 1961 in the village of Gols at Neusiedlersee. They asked their parents to pick the vineyards they liked the most and now make a growing amount of natural wines under the rennersistas label. Last year the younger brother Georg joined as well. Together they farm around 12 hectares and just recently transitioned all the vineyards from organic to biodynamic practices. For a while now, they are trying to make everything more circular; this year, they introduce chickens to the farm.

The name of the "Waiting for Tom" wine came from a story where Stefanie would always wait for the Tom's in her life (Lubbe & Shobrook). With 70 percent Pinot Blanc, this white wine is slightly different from previous years when Chardonnay was dominating. After harvest at the end of August and beginning of September, the grapes underwent a couple of steps. Half of them went into a 2-day maceration, giving off little tannins from the skins. All the Chardonnay grapes went into a 7-day maceration as whole berries, similar to carbonic maceration. The remaining grapes were directly pressed. They fermented together in used oak for 9 months, parts also in amphorae. After which, the wine was bottled without any filtration. Very floral on the nose with tropical hints added by some super creamy subtle papaya and some zesty bitterness in the finish line. I'm tempted to suggest raw seafood or soups with this, but even a bitter salad might perfectly combine.

This wine is part of
Volume 29: The Umami Edition