Heinrich Zweigelt Blaufrankish 2013



Brilliant ruby red in colour. The bouquet offers vibrant cherry and red fruit notes with just a hint of spice coming through. The structure of the wine supports the fruit-driven style and soft supple tannins make it approachable and ideal for early drinking.

The fruit for this wine is sourced from both sides of Lake Neusiedl in Burgenland. On the west side of the lake, the vines are found on the limestone and slate slopes of the Leithagebirge. On the east side of the lake, grapes come from the gravelly Parndorf Plateau and the humus-rich Heideboden. St Laurent is grown on the higher slopes and Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt on the heavier soils lower down. The oldest vines are 30 years old. Gernot has been farming his vineyards according to biodynamic principles since 2006 and achieved certification in 2009.    

Burgenland had beautiful weather throughout 2013, with heat waves and periods of rainfall. The grapes took their time to ripen and those winemakers who were brave enough to wait patiently were rewarded with beautifully ripe ones. Blaufränkisch was the only grape variety in Burgenland to be affected by coulure. After the two highly ripe vintages of 2011 and 2012, which delivered monumental red and white wines, the 2013 vintage almost perfectly represents the “Austrian ideal” of freshness, raciness and animated drinkability. 

The grapes were hand harvested and sorted in the vineyard at the beginning of September. All movement of the juice was carried out by gravity. Extended maceration on the skins took place and was followed by fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel vats and wooden vats at 28-34°C. The wine aged in a mix of large oak vats and second and third use barriques.

12.5% abv

50% Blaufränkisch
40% Zweigelt
10% St Laurent
Heinrich Zweigelt Blaufrankish 2013
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