Gabarinza 2013

Heinrich

Gabarinza, meaning “cleared forest,” is often cited as one of Austria’s greatest red wine vineyards. This historic cru is perched along a promontory of magnesium-rich sandy loam with an ideal exposition facing Lake Neusidl. Gernot Heinrich’s parcel is planted to 60% Zweigelt, 30% Blaufrankisch and 10% Merlot and results in a multi-layered wine of equal density and subtlety. 

Tasting Notes

Deep, dark ruby-garnet hue with violet reflections. Aromas of fine nougat and blackberry fruit supported by delicate spices, soft orange notes and complex wood tones. The palate shows body, opulent, ripe berry fruit, perfectly integrated tannins, fine notes of dried fruits in the finish and a lingering fresh fruit expression. Excellent length. A Superb multidimensional food companion with enormous charm.

Food Pairing

Pair with mushroom-crusted lamb chops, grilled pork with sundried tomatoes, or chicken cacciatore.

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Neusiedlersee
Vineyard name:
Burgenland
Soil composition:
Loam, silt, calcareous
Training method:
Single cane pruned, spur cutting
Elevation:
130-150 feet
Vines/acre:
2.0-2.4
Yield/acre:
1.4-1.8 tons
Exposure:
Southern
Year vineyard planted:
1994
Harvest time:
September-October
First vintage of this wine:
1990
Bottles produced of this wine:
30,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
60% Zweigelt, 30% Blaufränkisch and 10% Merlot
Fermentation container:
Oak fermentation vats
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
10 days
Fermentation temperature:
82-89 °F
Maceration technique:
Punch down
Length of maceration:
28 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Oak barrels
Size of aging container:
500 L
Age of aging container:
1-5 years
Type of oak:
French oak
Length of aging before bottling:
20 months
Length of bottle aging:
3 months

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