The old school label and bottle shape pay homage to vintage lemonade bottles of the 1920s. Puszta, which translates to “prairie” or “plains” in Hungarian, harkens back to when the vineyards used for this wine were still part of Hungary. And Libre, Spanish for “free”, is exactly how you should feel when sipping this wine.
Alcohol Grade: 11.5%
Aging/ Vinification: Certified Biodynamic. The whole bunches undergo carbonic maceration with a light extraction. Fermentation is spontaneous with native yeasts and the wine ages in 3000 litre foudres. It is finally bottled without being filtered, clarified or adding sulphur.
Best to have it: 6-10ºC
Size: 750 ml
The Winery: Weingut Claus Preisinger
After attending a viticultural school in Klosterneuburg he crossed the Atlantic to work in Californian vineyards before returning to Austria work as a winemaker for Nittnaus Anita & Hans. As he worked for others, he simultaneously was working on making his own wines with his Father, which they debuted with great success in 2002. Just two years later at 24, Claus was accepted into the renowned ‘’Pannobile” association of wineries.
In 2009, after a number of years farming his own vineyards, he moved his operation into a new, modern facility overlooking his vines near the village of Gols by Lake Neusiedlersee in Burgenland.
Claus is a winemaker who believes that farming biodynamically and intervening minimally is not only a moral obligation, but that it makes for some damn good wines as well.
Claus is deeply committed to working in harmony with nature, and has been working with ambient yeasts since 2002 and has been certified Biodynamic since 2009. He also keeps his cellar interventions to a minimum, strongly advocating for wines that achieve balance naturally. Very little sulphur is added to his wines – Claus decides just before bottling if it is strictly necessary.