Zweigelt 2014

Paul Achs

This classic Zweigelt comes from the Heideboden and is matured in large wooden barrels. A fruity, elegant wine with such juicy tannins and a fine structure. 

About the Vineyard

Zweigelt is a cross of Blaufrankisch and St Laurent developed in 1922 by Dr Fritz Zweigelt at Klosterneuburg.  It is the most planted and popular red wine in Austria thanks to its soft and fruity character. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks and is aged for 12 months in a combination of large French and Austrian oak casks.

Wine Production

The Parndorfer Platte is a south-facing escarpment of complex soils situated near the villages of Gols and Mönchof, and is the source of Achs' St Laurent.  Here, the diversity of soil combines with a Southern exposure and the warm Pannonian climate to give wines of profound expression and longevity.

Tasting Notes

Dark ruby with purple highlights and a thin transparent rim, this Zweigelt has a palate of ripe cherrys, orange zest and a touch of nougat.  Pleasant tannins and a nice mineral character joins in on the finish.  This is a good quality wine which has beautiful ripe juice fruit up front.

Food Pairing

This Zweigelt has a wide variety of pairings including duck rillettes or rabbit rillettes. This wine also goes with Greek marinated lamb with fresh herbs in a pita with tzatziki sauce. Also with duck in a cherry sauce or pork loin. 

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Neusiedlersee
Vineyard name:
The Heideboden vineyard
Vineyard size:
20 acres
Soil composition:
Gravel
Training method:
Middlehigh Training
Elevation:
284 feet
Yield/acre:
5000 kg tons
Exposure:
flat vineyard on Haideboden
Year vineyard planted:
1966
Harvest time:
September
First vintage of this wine:
1979
Bottles produced of this wine:
5,800
Certified eco-friendly practices:
Biodynamic-Respekt
Certified vineyards:
All
Sustainability certification:
Respekt biodynamic
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Zweigelt
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
Up to 21 days
Maceration technique:
Pumpovers
Length of maceration:
21 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Fining agent:
Vegan
Type of aging container:
Barrels
Size of aging container:
228L, 2200L
Age of aging container:
7-9 years
Type of oak:
French and Austrian
Length of aging before bottling:
20 Months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
12.0 %
pH level:
3.5
Residual sugar:
1.0 g/L
Acidity:
5.2 g/L
Dry extract:
24.0 g/L

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