Weingut Felsner Zweigelt “Gedersdorfer Weitgasse”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- It isn’t every day that you see single-vineyard Zweigelt!
- Felsner chose the site Weitgasse for their Zweigelt because the soil contains lots of chalk and humus, which are ideal pre-conditions for this varietal.
- The cooling, drying winds on top of this plateau site keep the grapes healthy far into fall allowing fully developed phenolic ripeness and dark color
Composition: 100% Zweigelt
Elaboration: Grapes were hand-picked and selected. Aging in a combination of neutral barrel and stainless steel tank.
Tasting Notes: Brilliant ruby-red hue. Ripe plums and blackberry fragrance with a hint of violets. A rich entry leads to a fruity full-bodied palate and a lengthy finish. A lovely expression of pure black fruit, balanced tannins and harmonious acidity. Velvety-smooth, creamy aftertaste.
Manfred Felsner cultivates 15 hectares of vineyards from some of the Kremstal wine region’s most expressive sites, all surrounding the picturesque villages of Rohrendorf and Gedersdorf.
Unusually old vineyard stock is what sets Felsner apart from their creative/indie Austrian peers – More than half of Felsner’s Gruner Veltliner parcels are classified as “old vine,” and most of these root 30+ feet deep, adding an extract and substance to finished wine that has to be experienced to be believed.
White wine vinification is undertaken using a minimalist philosophy with no more than 1.5 bar pressure (about as much as a good handshake), and red wines are fermented very traditionally in the family’s 450 year old gravity-flow cellar, mostly aging in large format Austrian casks.