Naked White, Heinrich

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Naked White, 2019, Heinrich

The naked representation of Heinrich’s terroir, can be consumed without clothing

Region: Burgenland, Austria
Grape(s): 6 grape blend
Genre: Organic and biodynamic
Low Sulphur: Yes
Tasting Notes: Pear, green apple, spice, minerality

Gernot and Heike Heinrich took over from his parents in 1985. Heinrichs have been making wine in Burgenland going back almost three centuries, but Gernot caused some disruption when he went from producing simple whites to premium reds. That was not where his disruption ended, however. Always passionate about biodynamics, both from a winemaking and an environmental perspective, they fully converted in 2006 and were amongst the founders of Respekt (the certifying body for biodynamic viticulture in Austria). They are making terroir driven wine that can only be made, in Gernot’s eyes, if the terroir has a rich biodiversity and the vines are only a piece within a healthy ecosystem. Low intervention through and through, the wines often undergo slow cellar work and low sulphur to allow them to fully develop and express their identity.

Naked White is a blend of six grapes from plots of both sides Lake Neusiedl – with limestone and schist soils on the west side and gravel rich soils on the east. The wine is a naked expression of the terroir around the lake, and Heinrich’s beloved ancestral home. The grapes are fermented and aged together, with the breakdown of:
- 68% Chardonnay
- 10% Weissburgunder
- 7% Welschriesling
- 7% Neuburgunder
- 5% Muskat Ottonel
- 3% Grüner Veltliner

The fermentation happens in stainless steel after an overnight maceration with the stems. The wine then undergoes malolactic fermentation before aging 14 months on the lees in large old oak barrels. The result is a white with a slight grip, chalky minerality and round texture, balanced with pear, green apple and a little spice.