Lake Neusiedl
The reed belt surrounding Lake Neusiedl serves as a resource for thatching roofs and drying grapes for the production of Strohwein.
Photo © ÖWM/Faber Armin

Winery Profile: Angerhof Tschida
Ilmitz, Neusiedlersee
Burgenland, Austria

©2005-2006 by Julia Sevenich

Located in the heart of the Seewinkel district on the east bank of the large shallow Lake Neusiedl it is small wonder that Hans Tschida specializes in dessert wines. The long warm, summers and warm, humid autumns comprise a perfect development and timing of the noble rot desired for producing botrytized sweet wines.

Fourteen hectares of vineyards distributed amongst the small lakes and ponds located in the big bend in Lake Neusiedl are dedicated nearly entirely to dessert wine production. This district is one of the most reliable in the world for botrytis, but in the seldom years that are too arid, before vinification, grapes are set out to dry for 2-3 months on straw sourced from the wide reed belt surrounding Lake Neusiedl.

The largest vineyard pests in the Seewinkl district have feathers.
Photo © ÖWM/Faber Armin
The numerous lakes and reed marshes of this district provide a natural habitat for a large variety of birds and a beloved haven for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. Not surprisingly the largest vineyard pests are feathered and up to eight kilometers of netting per hectare are necessary to protect ripening grapes from being plundered.

2004 Angerhof Tschida - Sämling Beerenauslese - Neusiedlersee (375 ml)
Saturday, August 20, 2005
This pale straw yellow wine has a pronounced fragrance of litchi and orange marmalade. The luscious sweetness is balanced by a lively acidity and the pure fruit follows through to the finish. Drink now to 2020.

2004 Angerhof Tschida - Chardonnay Beerenauslese - Neusiedlersee (375 ml)
Saturday, August 20, 2005
This medium pale straw yellow wine has a fragrance of cantaloupe and banana. The texture is extremely creamy and the luscious sweetness is poised with playful, tantalizing acidity. This mouth-filling wine is by no means cloying and leaves one longing for the next sip. Drink now to 2024.

2002 Angerhof Tschida - Chardonnay Lüss Trockenbeerenauslese - Neusiedlersee (375 ml)
Saturday, August 20, 2005
This medium straw colored wine has a nose reminiscent of honeydew melon, pineapple, and cardamom. Exquisitely sweet, but not cloying, this wine has exciting acidity and a lush, creamy texture. The finish is incredibly long and multi-layered. Drink now to 2027+.

2001 Angerhof Tschida - Schilfwein Traminer - Neusiedlersee (375 ml)
Saturday, August 20, 2005
This pale golden colored wine was made from Traminer grapes that were left to dry 3 months on reeds before being pressed. The nose in incredibly floral and includes jasmine, roses, and elder blossoms. Just enough acidity is present to keep this incredibly floral and lusciously sweet wine from going over the top. Expect this wine to gain exotic fruit and increased creaminess with bottle aging. Drink now to 2030.

2001 Angerhof Tschida - Muscat Ottonel Schilfwein - Neusiedlersee (375 ml)
Saturday, August 20, 2005
This pale golden-yellow wine has a classic Muscat fragrance. Floral with bergamot and raisined apricots in the mouth. This wine lacks somewhat in acidity and is slightly cloying.

2002 Angerhof Tschida - Sämling Trockenbeerenauslese - Neusiedlersee (375 ml)
Saturday, August 20, 2005
This pale golden yellow dessert wine has complex flavors of dried exotic fruit and tropic flowers. Vibrating acidity creates waves of fruit in a creamy textured expansive ocean. Delicious! Expect this wine to continue to evolve over the next 3 decades.

2002 Angerhof Tschida - Welschriesling Trockenbeerenauslese - Neusiedlersee (375 ml)
Saturday, August 20, 2005
While this grape variety can be incredibly boring in its dry styles, it becomes incredibly exciting in its highly botrytized state. Golden yellow in color, it displays distinct aromas of Bartlet pears and tarte Tatin which follow through on the palate. It is truly amazing how Welschriesling consistently maintains its acidity in this highly ripened state and gives a good playful show opposite luscious sweetness.

2003 Angerhof Tschida - Schilfwein Zweigelt - Neusiedlersee (375 ml)
Saturday, August 20, 2005
This dark cherry colored wine is made by leaving Zweigelt grapes out to dry for 2 months on reeds. The nose is of spiced prune compote. Incredibly concentrated fruit with cinnamon, milk chocolate, plums and prunes flavor a full creamy, well-textured dessert wine. This rarity carries long on the finish. This is an exciting wine that should age wonderfully for another 2 decades.

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