2017 Sepp Moser Zweigelt Reserve

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2017 Sepp Moser Zweigelt Reserve
2017 Sepp Moser Zweigelt Reserve
2017 Sepp Moser Zweigelt Reserve
2017 Sepp Moser Zweigelt Reserve
2017 Sepp Moser Zweigelt Reserve
2017 Sepp Moser Zweigelt Reserve

A delicious example of this classic Austrian varietal elegant - juicy, ripe and generous. A wine that would appeal equally to Argentinian Malbec drinkers as to your Austrian Zweigelt drinkers.

Tasting Notes

Ripe cherry, herbal and cedar wood aromas. The palate has good weight with juicy plum and red berry fruit, bright acidity, supple balancing tannins and a bitter cherry twist on the finish. 


Production

Zweigelt Reserve is made from 100% Blauer Zweigelt grapes cultivated in Sepp Moser's Hedwighof vineyard, in the warm southern Neusiedlersee village of Apetlon. The vineyard is around 117 metres above sea level (comparitively low), with deep dark topsoil and gravel beneath, which benefits from plenty of sunshine. The grapes are hand harvested towards the end of September / start of October. The grapes are de-stemmed and crushed, with spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel and 3 weeks spent on the skins. The wine is aged for 18 months in used 225 litre oak barrels.

Producer

The Sepp Moser Estate was founded by the famous Austrian wine producing pioneer, Lenz Moser. Lenz Moser's son, Sepp Moser, began operating under his own name in 1987 and handed over the direction of this family-owned estate to his own son Nikolaus in the year 2000.

The Sepp Moser Estate comprises of 50 acres of vineyards in two prominent wine regions; Kremstal (22 ha) and Neusiedlersee (28 ha). In the Kremstal, Nikolaus produces an international range of varieties as well as the ever more important local varieties of Gruner Veltliner and Riesling. The reds are produced on the gravelly soils of the warm southern Neusiederslee village of Apetlon. All Sepp Moser wines have been organic (and all estate wines biodynamic) since 2007.

Sustainability

The Sepp Moser estate produces a wide range of wines every year thanks to its vineyards in two diverse regions. There is one main aim in the cellar: the quality of the grapes shall be brought with as little influence as possible to the bottle. The grapes in the Sepp Moser vineyards are harvested by hand and at the cellar of the Atrium House Nikolaus Moser emphasizes gentle vinification and tries to interfere as little as possible with the process so that each wine can develop its own individual style. The fermentation starts spontaneously, and the maturing of the wine takes place on its own.

In 2006, Nikolaus officially moved the estate to biodynamic viticulture – one of the first to do so in Austria – and became Demeter certified. 2009 saw the release of Sepp Moser’s first certified organic wines. Nikolaus is very keen to reduce the amount of copper and sulphur used in the vineyards, and this year saw a reduction of two thirds over what was sprayed previously. He composts all the estates' pomace and vine trimmings, and there is an ongoing effort to plant trees around the vineyards.

Accolades

  • 2017 Vintage - Silver at the 2020 Sommelier Wine Awards
  • 2015 Vintage - Gold at the 2018 Sommelier Wine Awards

 

Specifications

Year 2017
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Blauer Zweigelt
Country Austria
Alcohol content
13.5% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.1 units
Type Red Wine
Cellaring Potential

Drink over the next 8-10 years.

Features Vegetarian, Vegan, Organic, Biodynamic, Sustainable
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Food Matches

Why not try with pork dishes, goulash or ratatouille.

Origin Burgenland
Appellation Burgenland Qualitatswein Trocken