Certified Organic. Grapes: Zweigelt. Skins: Gruner Veltliner.
The Zweigelt is from Strasser Gautscher (planted in 1989) on loess with gravel at 286-319 m altitude. Gruner Veltliner skins are from Strasser Hasel on loess at 251 m. Zweigelt was macerated for up to 14 hours on skins before direct pressing. Fermented with native yeasts on crushed Grüner Veltliner grapes for 14 days in stainless steel. During fermenting, the Gruner skins lend spiciness and complexity to the fruit aromas of the Zweigelt. And to make things as hands-on as possible, all of the skins are hand destemmed. After the Gruner grapes are pressed whole cluster, they take the pressed bunches out and separate the skins from the stems (this is insanely laborious).
Aged for 6 months in two-thirds stainless steel and the rest in used French oak (228 liters of 4-12 years old). Naturally occurring malo. Bottled by gravity with no fining, no filtration. Only 8 mg SO2 added right before bottling. Approx 333 cs produced. The Rosa Marie was the second of three experimental natural wines made by Martin (named after his three daughters) as a way for him to continue learning and pushing the limits of his winemaking abilities.