Zweigelt 2015

Paul Achs

Paul Achs returned to the family winery in Gols in 1991 after spending time in California where he learned to produce red wines at the highest level of quality. Ninety percent of the production is dedicated to red wine and all 58 acres are farmed biodynamically. Paul Achs wines are characterized by elegance and finesse.

Heideboden is a flat and gravelly area between Gols and the lake and is a source of fresh and easy drinking red wines. Gravel soils mixed with limestone provide excellent drainage while warm breezes from the Pannonian plain bring the circulation and warmth required to consistently ripen red grapes. 

Zweigelt is a cross of Blaufr√§nkisch with Sankt Laurent developed in 1922 by Fritz Zweigelt at Klosterneuburg. It is the most planted and most 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. 

Tasting Notes

Well-drained soil and the warm Pannonian climate gives Zweigelt a ripe and generous fruit character while also being approachable and easy to drink.

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Neusiedlersee
Vineyard name:
The Heideboden vineyard
Vineyard size:
20 acres
Soil composition:
Black earth with gravel and limestone
Training method:
Middlehigh Training
Elevation:
284 feet
Yield/acre:
5000 kg tons
Exposure:
flat vineyard on Haideboden
Year vineyard planted:
1966 then 1988 and 1993
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
Certifying organizations:
Respekt
Sustainability certification:
Respekt biodynamic
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Zweigelt
Time on its skins:
25 days
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
25 days
Maceration technique:
Pumpovers
Length of maceration:
25 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes, in used 500l and 3400l barrels
Fining agent:
Vegan
Type of aging container:
Barrels
Size of aging container:
500, 3400
Age of aging container:
8-10
Type of oak:
French and Austrian
Length of aging before bottling:
24 Months
Length of bottle aging:
Bottled April 25, 2017
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
12.5 %
pH level:
3.7
Residual sugar:
1.0 g/L
Acidity:
4.9 g/L
Dry extract:
25.3 g/L

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