Though well-known for its skiing in the Alps, Austria is increasingly becoming known for its quality wine regions in the warmer north east region of the country. It has one of the most innovative and dynamic wine industries in Europe. Only 35 grape varieties are permitted to be grown in the country, which focusses mainly on whites made from Gruner Veltliner and Riesling as well as reds made from Blaufrankisch, Zweigelt and, Saint-Laurent
Gruner Veltliner is considered the country's signature grape variety, which is typically produced in a crisp, spicy style. Classic wines show citrus aromas (lemon peel and grapefruit) complemented by fresh vegetal notes and the variety's trademark hint of white pepper.
Blaufrankisch is Austria’s second most planted red varietal (after Zweigelt, a product of crossing Blaufrankisch and St. Laurent) and it is gaining traction in international circles as an emerging big, rich, red wine when cultivated and vinified correctly. Without doubt, Zahel’s Blaufrankisch is one of the best examples of this varietal, aided by their focus on single vineyard, organically managed vines (in this case the acclaimed Goldberg vineyard), very mature, low yielding vines (57 yr. old vines), along with subtle but important wood aging.
The grapes grow on the Laaerberg in Vienna’s southeastern wine region where they are influenced by the mild climate between the Leitha Mountains and the thermal region. The warmer climate helps achieve optimal ripeness, balanced by the natural fresh acidity of the grape. Zesty citrusy fruit, ripe apples and green pepper come together in a refreshing, balanced wine. Dry (1.6 g/l RS) with great acidity and an ample mouth feel, finishing clean and lively.
Pinot Noir has long been a passion of Alex Zahel´s — his enthusiasm shows in this crisp, fruit forward expression of the varietal. The wine shows intense berry fruit of raspberries and strawberries with a stimulating, drinkable finish. Served well chilled.
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