Beerenauslese 2010

Heinrich

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Everyone has heard the expression "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade," but the G&H Heinrich winery took that practice to a new level.  While harvesting, they came upon an area of their Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch vineyards which were affected by botrytis cinerea.  Rather than discard the grapes, they allowed them to hang on the vine for several weeks.  At the winery, they turned these grapes into a sweet style of red wine which is a delightful example of the winery's innovation and winemaking talent.

Tasting Notes

In the glass, this beerenauslese shows a tawny-colored core which moves to a salmon-pink rim.  Up-front aromas of plums, dates, and sweet spices are underscored by noes of pistachio and leather.  On the palate, this perfectly-balanced wines is carried by a silky smooth texture and an eternally-long ambrosia-like finish.

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with streudel, red velvet cake, cheesecake, or drink it on its own as an after-dinner meditation wine.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
The Gabarinza and Salzberg vineyards
Vines/acre:
2,200
Harvest time:
October-November
First vintage of this wine:
2010
Bottles produced of this wine:
12,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
50% Zweigelt, 50% Blaufränkisch
Fermentation container:
Barrels
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
60 days
Fermentation temperature:
77 °F
Type of aging container:
Barrels
Size of aging container:
2.000 L; 500 L
Age of aging container:
Two-Five years
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
1 year
Length of bottle aging:
6 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
13.0 %
Residual sugar:
125.8 g/L
Acidity:
7.6 g/L
Dry extract:
183.1 g/L

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