Since Gernot Heinrich fell in love with skin contact whites, this blend of Pinots Gris and Blanc, plus a seasoning of Chardonnay, has gone from strength to strength. From 2017, its fermented in amphorae, allowing the juicy tangerine and peppery berry fruit to shine even more. Its crystalline purity and silken texture are simply sensational. That this is all achieved with zero added sulphites is testament to skilled winemaking and perfect fruit. Biodynamic.
In July 2020 issues cover story, Amber Champions: Top 30 Orange Wines, Simon J. Woolf explores orange wine, a style thats gaining popularity among winemakers and drinkers. He explains the traditions behind the technique and the many wine regions of the world that are producing orange wines, then recommends his 30 of his favorites. HEINRICH Graue Freyheit 2017 was tied for the highest-rated wine, with the following review above.
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Gernot and Heike Heinrich founded their winery in 1990 with a single hectare and have steadily grown to nearly 90 hectares of vines today. In 2002, the Heinrichs completed construction on a new, ultra-modern winery in Gols giving Gernot "space to work." The first wines from this new cellar were marked by power and concentration, but in recent years Heinrich has abandoned this style in favor of balance and elegance. In 2009, Heinrich became a member of Respekt, a certifying body for biodynamic viticulture in Austria, a concept that embraces the principles of biodynamics but ultimately puts wine quality first.