Michael and Erich Andert are brothers making waves with Zweigelt and skin macerated white wines in their small corner of southern Burgenland. They are obsessive biodynamic farmers tending to a huge range of crops and animals on their 4.5 hectare farm.
The Andert vines are lucky. They see absolutely no sulfur or copper and haven’t for years (this is extremely rare). In fact, the only sprays they use on the vines are biodynamic preparations. Soils are black sand, loam with limestone pockets throughout. Between the rows are many different vegetables for eating but each has a purpose. Everything is planted with the ecosystem of the vineyard in mind.
Grapes are harvested by hand and brought to the winery for natural fermentation without temperature control. All of the wines are made with skin maceration – both white and red fruit. Sulfur is used only at bottling. The wines are of course unfined, unfiltered and bottled according to the lunar cycle.
This is one of the most drinkable red wines: low alcohol, whole cluster Zweigelt. Bright juicy fruit, herbal and completely smashable. Serious, but without pretense. Blauer means blue in German and refers to the biotype of Zweigelt.