Grapes are harvested by hand then undergo a 4 day spontaneous co-fermentation in stainless steel on skins. Aged 4 months in stainless steel sur lie. No fining, no filtration, minimal SO2
Our farm is supported by our extended family. The desire of all the children to stay on the farm was strong. Preferences have allowed everyone to find their field and our parents gave us the necessary framework and the freedom to be able to realize ourselves. When they realized that everyone was serious about staying at home, no risk was too great and no effort too difficult to lead the farm from a small farm to a larger dimension that several families can live on.
So everyone is now lucky enough to do exactly what he has always been urged to do: Werner, who spent his childhood more in the press house than on the playgrounds. Hannes, who was fascinated by tractors from an early age, and Lukas, who has always been drawn to animals and plants.
Grapes: Sankt Laurent, Zweigelt
St. Laurent is a black grape variety long thought to be related to Pinot Noir and is most commonly encountered in Austria where it is known as Sankt Laurent. It is capably of producing deep-colored, velvety reds with sufficient concentration to merit ageing in oak and then bottle. St. Laurent wine can resemble a powerful Pinot Noir. It is known in the Czech Republic and Slovakia as Svatovavrinecke and it one of their most planted red wine grapes.
Zweigelt is Austria's most popular dark-berried rape variety planted on over 16,000 acres. The cross was bred relatively recently in 1922 by Dr. Zweigelt at the Klosterneuburg research station. It is a cross between Blaufrankish and St. Laurent that combines some of the bite of the first with the elegance of the second. It is widely grown throughout all Austrian wine regions and can be made into a serious, age-worthy, exhuberantly fruity wine, although most examples are best drunk young.
The Neusiedlersee DAC region comprises the political district of Neusiedl am See, with the exception of the municipalities Winden and Jois. It extends from the north side to the east bank of Lake Neusiedl and has a vineyard area of 16,474 acres of which about 4,500 are planted with Austria's most widespread red wine variety Zweigelt. With this, it is the most expansive area with wines of protected origin in Burgenland. The terroir is characterised by sandy, loamy soils with variable admixtures of gravel. There are also limestone-rich gravel soils, as well as limestone-poor pure gravel soils, ranging across the spectrum to salty and light, sandy soils.
The winegrowing region sits right in the heart of the Pannonian climate zone, characterised by hot, dry summers with moderate rainfall and cold winters with little snow. An important influence upon microclimate is exerted by Lake Neusiedl, the largest steppe lake in Central Europe. In summer, the large water surface heats up and then slowly releases the stored warmth into the surroundings at night. The slight nocturnal reduction in temperature promotes the development of cool fruit and maintains the necessary acidity that distinguishes the wines.
Tasting: Chillable, wild raspberry, blackberry and black currant
Pairing: Mussels marinara with linguini