`Red` Zweigelt/Blaufränkisch/St. Laurent

Neusiedlersee

Heinrich

Gernot Heinrich has 100 hectares of vines in Gols, Burgenland, which is Austria's...

easternmost province, lying only a few kilometres from the Hungarian border. After graduating in viticulture from Klosterneuberg, Gernot's vinous travels in Bordeaux, Spain, California and Italy convinced him that his best approach in this continental climate was to use indigenous grapes such as Blaufränkisch, St Laurent and Zweigelt to make the highest quality, most characteristic wines he could.

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Vineyards

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.

Vintage Information

The 2015 vintage had summer heat and sun which was welcomed after the difficult, rainy 2014 vintage. The grapes in 2015 were healthy and ripe, resulting in fruit forward wines with slightly lower acidity than usual. This was not an issue for a country that typically makes wines with high acidity.

Vinification

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.

Tasting Notes

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.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 80% Zweigelt
15% Blaufränkisch
5% St Laurent
Region Neusiedlersee, Burgenland
Winemaker Gernot Heinrich
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%