Susanne and Stef Renner
2016 Rennersistas Wssbrgndr
100% Pinot Blanc
20% whole bunches, 20% direct pressed, 60% de-stemmed
20 days on skins then pressed off into used 500Lt barrels for 9 months on lees
No sulphur additions
White flowers jump out of the glass with citrus dancing around the palate. Beautifully integrated phenolics and acidity with little punches of bitterness along the taut spine
2016 Rennersistas Welschriesling
Unrelated to Rhine Riesling, Welschriesling is an old native variety found in Austria and the Central European wine regions
25% Whole bunch, 75% de-stemmed
15 days on skins, 9 months on lees in used French barrels.
A touch of sulphur at bottling
Almonds and savoury notes, bursting with life and nervy acidity that just keeps on going and building. The length and tension is remarkable.
2016 Rennersistas Waiting for Tom Rose
The cepage of this cuvee will change depending on what the harvest gives.
2016, the first year Rose was made, is 100% Zweigelt, whole bunch pressed.
It was picked in the morning and pressed in the evening into 1200 liter old foudres for ferment before being rested in 225 liter barrels.
A touch of sulphur at bottling
The roses and cherries on the nose had the mind thinking there would be some richness to the palate, yet it is dry, fresh and bursts with ruby grapefruit and blood orange. Deliciously moreish
2016 Rennersistas Waiting for Tom
60% Blaufrankish, 30% St Laurent, 10% Pinot Noir
1/3 of the Blaufrankish was whole bunch pressed; all the other fruit was de-stemmed and had a short maceration of 12 days. Each variety is fermented separately then blended
Blackberries, plums and spice give way to juicy vibrant fruit with an earthy warmth, fine tannin and an abundance of freshness
There wasn’t any intent nor pressure for either of them to move into the family business, established in 1961, but in 2013 Susanne and Stef made the decision to join their father Helmuth, bringing along fresh ideas and passion to the winemaking.
Stef had gained invaluable experience working with Tom Lubbe at Matassa, Craig Hawkins at Testalonga and even spent the 2016 vintage with Tom Shobbrook in the Barossa. They named Waiting for Tom after both Tom’s, a doff of the hat so to speak for what they taught Stef
The family estate in Gols is located in the Burgenland wine-growing region of Neusiedlersee, situated on the eastern shores of the large, shallow Lake Neusiedl, home to some of Austria’s new-wave superstars Claus Priesinger and Christian Tschida.
Helmuth was a founding member of Pannobile, a group of 9 wineries from Gols whom come together with common interests, to collaborate and learn from each other, yet are individualists and run their wine estates independently. They are a group of friends with an active social agenda, the new generation coming into the fold
The family has parcels in some of the best vineyards of the region (Altenberg, Schafleiten, Goldberg and Underberg) and have always farmed their 13 hectares in a sustainable manner. Certified organic since 2012 and now apply biodynamic practices to the farming with the aim of certification by 2018.
90% of what is produced is red wine but with climate change, the girls see the future of the region moving towards producing white wines. This year planting a new 4 hectare vineyard to white varietals on the highest part of Gols in the Neusiedlersee districts north.
2015 was the first vintage where Susanne and Stef made all the wine alongside their father, a transition into them taking over completely in a few years when Helmuth retires.
The Rennersistas is their side project, wines they want to drink, of character and personality without intervention. They are a very much reflection of Susanne and Stef.