Cuvée 1844 Souvignier Gris 2022
Ostschweizer Landwein, Roland und Karin Lenz, 750 ml
The first 100% PIWI wine (from fungus-resistant grapes) in our range from the Swiss "Piwi expert", Roland Lenz. Thanks to its thick berry skin, this grape variety does not require the use of pesticides. The single-varietal Souvignier Gris has an aroma characterised by citrus notes such as: Lemon zest, lime, lemon balm, crisp Granny Smith and wet stone. On the palate, it is dry with a fine herbal tartness and juicy, lively acidity. The citrus and stone notes also set the tone here. A delight with Wiener schnitzel, fish fritters and penne with a lemon- cream sauce.
|Switzerland / Ostschweiz
|Vegan, Certified organic or biodynamic wine
|1 to 4 years after harvest
|8 to 10 °C
|Baked egli fillets with tartare sauce, Scaloppine di vitello al limone, Giant crevettes, grilled langoustines, Penne con pesto, Salad with vegetables, pulses, pasta, Asparagus specialities
|fermentation in wooden barrel, pressed carefully and immediately, biological acid degradation in barrel
|hand-picking, strict selection
|in used barriques, on the yeast, bâtonnage
Roland und Karin Lenz
In 1994, while Roland Lenz was still studying oenology, he and his wife Karin were able to acquire eight hectares of vines on the Iselisberg. It was a unique opportunity that they seized, even though they were toying with the idea of setting up their own business abroad, far from Switzerland. They actually did so later, but that's another story…
It is only in the last two decades that the Canton of Thurgau has really come to the attention of wine lovers as a wine-growing area. Its apple orchards and the apple juice (must) pressed from the picked fruit have always been popular, inevitably earning the canton its nickname of «Must India». Viticulture, however, has existed in this region for centuries.
Eastern Switzerland: an intriguing puzzle
Eastern Switzerland has long been positioned on the northern rim of the climate zone where the cultivation of popular Swiss varieties is possible. Due to a warming climate, the vineyards of Aargau, Zurich, Schaffhausen, Thurgau and Graubünden are now in the zone where varieties such as Müller-Thurgau or Pinot Noir succeed excellently. But even long-established, almost-forgotten varieties such as Elbling, Räuschling and Completer are experiencing a renaissance.
Switzerland – A small country with enormous diversity
Switzerland is famous for its banks, watches, and cheese, but not necessarily for its wine. The Swiss didn't invent wine, but they have been extremely open and curious to it. Wine culture arrived in what is now modern Switzerland via several routes: from Marseilles to Lake Geneva and the Lower Valais region; from the Aosta Valley through the Great St. Bernard Pass to the rest of Valais; from the Rhone through Burgundy, across the Jura Mountains to Lake Constance; and from Lombardy to Ticino, and then on to Grisons.