The measure of our things is nature. Everything in this world is natural and yet nothing is self-evident. So our interest is in the great knowledge of biodynamics, of which nature is most respectful. -Andreas Gsellmann
Andreas Gsellmann is located in the town of Gols, where wine has been produced for over 2,000 years. Located halfway between Vienna and Budapest along the northern shores of the Nesiedlersee wine district, Gols, in Burgenland, was part of Hungary until 1921, when it was annexed as Austria's easternmost state. The large and shallow Neusiedlersee (Lake Neusiedl) is the dominant force dictating the region’s climate. During the summer massive amounts of evaporation create a thermal flow pulling dry air from the east across the vineyards, reducing humidity and the risk of mold.
Andreas uses only estate fruit from his 21 hectares of biodynamically farmed vineyards which are largely south-oriented on gravelly and pebbly soils; sediment of the Alps which were deposited by the receding Pannonian sea, which offer varied exposure and excellent drainage. “Between the rows we try to enlarge the biodiversity with different flowering plants and legumes. We support the plants with horsetail, stinging nettle, chamomile tea and other dynamic preparations.” Andreas is a member of respect, a young, dynamic, and non-dogmatic group which supports the immune system of plants, soils and micro-organisms that add to the fertility of the soils by using biodynamic methods. Other members include Hansjörg Rebholz, Clemens Busch, Johannes Hirsch, and Herbert and Carmen Zillinger. Gsellmann is a Monika Caha Selection.
Gsellmann Weissburgunder Bio 2015
100% Pinot Blanc from the Goldberg vineyard, which consists of red Danube gravel and sandy, iron-rich loam. The vineyard is located on the Pandorfer plateau near lake Neusiedl, whose moderating climate is ideal for pinot blanc. The grapes were foot stomped, and allowed to stay on the skins for two hours before being moved to stainless steel tanks where the wine was fermented spontaneously. After fermentation, the wine spends six months on the fine lees in 500l barrels . 12.5% Alc. , 1.1 g/l RS
Gsellmann Blaufrankisch Bio 2015
All Blaufrankisch from the Satzl and Altenberg vineyards, consisting of sand and limestone and located at 160m above sea level. Natural yeast fermentation for 16 days in stainless steel tanks followed by eight months in 500l used oak barrels. This is a classic Blaufränkisch ; light, juicy and bright with notes of sour cherry and spice. 13% Alc.
Gsellmann Zu Tisch 2015
Zu Tisch, meaning “to table” is a an expression of welcome and sharing. This delicious blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Pinot Blanc is from the Heideboden and Goldberg vineyards which feature sandy loam soils mixed with gravel. 15% of the Sauvignon Blanc grapes saw skin contact during fermentation After blending, the grapes were left on their fine lees for 6 months in 500l barrels. 12.5% Alc, 1.6 g/l RS and 5.3 g/l acidity.
Blauer Zweigelt Heideboden Bio 2015
100% Zweigelt from organically grown vineyards of gravelly and sandy soils in the Heideboden zone between the village of Gols and Lake Neusiedl. Spontaneously fermented in stainless steel tanks, the wine spent 12 days on the skins followed by eight months in used 500l and 225l oak barrels. This starts a touch reduced but blossoms into a rich, medium-bodied wine with deep black cherry notes, a dense texture and fine tannins. Excellent! 13% Alc.