Winewichteln: the Secret or random Santa

About a month ago I was invited by Paul Truszkowski from Berlin (Drunken & to participate in a project called Winewichteln, aka Secret Santa or perhaps better the random Santa. The idea is to exchange Christmas gifts with unknown people, in this case in the form of wine bottles. Of course I jumped at this. Just the possibility to get wine that I most probably haven’t tasted, yet, to get something fun and unexpected was reasons enough.

Paul Truszkowski
Paul Truszkowski

If I expect something interesting, I must of course also send something that someone else may perceive as fun, interesting and good. Something that few have tried, even in Sweden, is Swedish wine. The same applies to wine made from the grapes solaris and siegerrebe, which are the grapes in the wine I chose: Villa Mathilda cuvée 2013 from the vineyard Villa Mathilda. I wrote about this wine in a previous post: Can you do wine in Sweden? Yes we can!

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Now I did not get one wine, but two, both very interesting. The first one I tried the other day: Jurtschitsch Quelle Riesling Ernte 2012 from Langlois, Kamptal in Austria by Weingut Jurtschitsch.

My secret Santa described the wine as (The secret Santa is by the way the winemaker at Weingut Jurtschitsch, Mark Montaño López)) the result of experiments and can be described as a non-intervention wine. In addition to their normal range they work with experimental wines, some are coming into production, others abandoned or left to further experiments. This wine should show be clean and fresh, show quartz notes and is affected by the natural springs that are nearby. It is made by spontaneous fermentation with the natural yeast in large oak barrels, which is a few years old, the only thing added is a small amount of sulfur for stability.

Jurtschitsch Quelle Riesling Ernte 2012 (600x592)

I described it as follows in an article (in Swedish) at

The wine is clean and fresh with a lovely acidity. There are hints of  exotic fruits and apricots and a hint of oak that is resulting in a mild hint of oxidation. The finish has a nice minerality with some spicy notes that gives it good length. There is a lovely salinity that makes your mouth to salivate. This is a really nice riesling with complexity, length, and above all, a lovely acidity.

The other wine, I have not tasted, yet, but it seems to be equally interesting. It’s a Chardonnay from Baden in Germany: Trautwein Chardonnay 2012 edition RS Fohberg trocken.

Trautwein Chardonnay 2012 RS Fohberg trocken (600x390)

This is one of the first wines from Weingut Trautwein since it was taken over by a new generation of winemakers, Anne and Christoph Trautwine. However, it has been making wine under the name since 1649. The vineyard was one of the first in the region who asked about the biodynamic viticulture, 2004. The wine is only made in a small quantity, 750 bottles of this size and some magnum bottles.

I’ll update this post after I’ve tasted the wine.

A big thanks to the people behind Winewichteln and to my secret Santa for these wine experiences 🙂

Magnus Reuterdahl

A version of this post is available in Swedish here.

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