Heidi Schrock is a dynamic winemaker, she has been walking on this path since 1983, which makes her a visionary and a pioneer in the contemporary Austria wine scene. In doing so she shaped the current image of the new wine maker – quality-conscious, international, looking forward. Excitement, patience, trusts, respect, skills and connectedness to the land, on which wine has been cultivated by her ancestors for 300 years – those are key elements for her success. She revived the Furmint – an old Hungarian grape variety – and specialties such as the Ruster Ausbruch, whose revival is of high importance to her, constitute her status in the demanding world of wine lovers. Robert Parker, publisher of Wine Advocate, rates her wines exceptionally high and Falstaff elected her wine maker of the year in 2003. Heidi Schröck shares a strong bond with her wines. Producer and product have a reciprocal relationship and give each other a distinct identity. The product is characterized not only by its quality, but also by its uniqueness. A good relationship with customers and engagement with those who value her wine are important factors of Heidi's work and attitude towards life. Careful work in the vineyard is of highest priority for the wine maker. It is not only the beginning of creation for her, but also an encounter with nature’s power and potential – as well as personal limits.
Furmint is a grape variety not often seen outside of Hungary's famous Tokaji dessert wines. In this vintage, Schrock's dry, Acacia barrel-aged version of this fringe white grape is incredible, a complete package.
The Turner is the heart of Ruster Berg (the hills of Rust), the soil type here is called Rust gravel: Primordial sediments of crystalline rock, sand and limestone. To the West the site is protected by an old stone wall, while sloping down toward the lake to the Southeast. The vineyard was acquired by the family Kraft, our ancestors who came from Thüringen in 1770. We planted Furmint here in 1992.