The Wine: Puszta Libre! 2019
Claus Preisinger Puszta Libre! 2019 is a red natural wine made from a blend of 80% Zweigelt and 20% St. Laurent grapes grown in the Neusiedlersee region of Austria, near the border with Hungary – certified biodynamic. Medium to light body red with notes of small berries a fresh palate made into a glou glou style. No, it doesn't taste like Coca-Cola, it's red natural wine.
The Producer: Claus Preisinger
A surfer at heart, Claus Preisinger has been making wine on the north shore of Lake Neusiedl in the Burgenland town of Gols since 2002. He converted the vineyards and winery to biodynamic production in 2006 and is Respekt Biodyn certified. Claus vinifies mostly domestic grape varieties such as Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt, Grüner Veltliner, and St. Laurent, supplemented by Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc from both the west and east sides of Lake Neusiedl. Claus does not use any cultivated yeast, and only very slight or no dosing of sulfur dioxide. He ages many of his wines in amphora rather than wooden barrels, which he views as a conscious step back, a reduction to the essential – the grape and the soil. Reduction, minimalism, and a free spirit are the guiding themes of Claus Preisinger. (source: Volker Wine)
The Region: Neusiedlersee - Austria