Vienna is the only capital city in the world that boasts its own wine appellation. About 700 hectares of Vienna’s surface is covered by vineyards, about 80 percent white and 20 percent red. There are some 400 individual vineyards in the city.
For many years, the region produced simple white wines for consumption in heurigen (local wine bars that serve meats, sausage and cheese). Today, Vienna is a quality wine producing region perhaps best known for its Gemischter Satz. This is a white wine made from a field blend of up to 20 different varieties, including Gruner Veltliner and Riesling.
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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