2017 Weingut Hajszan Neumann Nussberg Zweigelt

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2017 Weingut Hajszan Neumann Nussberg Zweigelt
2017 Weingut Hajszan Neumann Nussberg Zweigelt
2017 Weingut Hajszan Neumann Nussberg Zweigelt
2017 Weingut Hajszan Neumann Nussberg Zweigelt

Biodynamically Farmed & Vegan Approved

Our lively wines have subtle corners and edges. And it’s good this way, because we love natural, authentic wines. Each one has a characteristic soul, which develops from the natural flavours of the grapes and the terroir. All this comes to fruition thanks to our biodynamic cultivation. We also work gently and reductively in the wine cellar.

Tasting Notes

The grapes for this Natural Zweigelt come from two particularly old vineyards in Ried Weisleiten on Vienna`s Nussberg. This bright, polished Zweigelt is quite dark and intense.

Nose

In the nose the wine is dominated of dark stone fruits together with nougat notes and a touch of orange zest.

Palate

In the mouth soft with taste of caramel, balanced with a good acidity. Sweetly extracted fruit lingers on the finish of this multifaceted, refreshing accompaniment to food. Fine texture and freshness on the palate with an engaging spiciness that leads to a fruity, cool finish.

Vintage

An average winter was followed by a very mild March, which led to a dangerously early sprouting. However, April was below average cool, so the expulsion was very slow, unfortunately again with slight frost damage in the sensitive varieties Chardonnay and Zweigelt. But significantly less than in the frosty year 2016!

In this year we first started to burn straw bales in the vineyards to protect the vines and minimise damage. May and also June showed early summer friendliness and ensured a trouble-free flowering in the first half of June. The precipitation was rare and it was a rather hot summer too. Annual Rainfalls saved the vines through the summer, which goes down in history as the third hottest since records began.

An early start of harvest in the first days of September was necessary to preserve the acidity and freshness of the wines because this is particularly important to us. September, however, was unusually cold with some heavy rainfall, which fortunately had a very positive effect on the vines, as well as on the quality of the grapes. The harvest ended in mid-October with very high quality both in white wine, as well the red wines, lighter wines, and the full-bodied single vineyard vines.

The vintage 2017 shines with intense fruit, ripe acidity and shows up due to the earlier harvest not as lush as expected, but very elegant with a lot of drinking. Soil: The grapes for the Zweigelt 2016 come only from the Vienna Nussberg. The soil is comprised of limestone and generous clay content with a very high content of chalk. The grapes are in the age between 35 and 50 year old, and deliver a complexity and extract-rich wine.

Vineyard and cellar

Like all our vineyards, this one is also treated in a biodynamic way after the rules of Rudolph Steiner, the founder of biodynamic agriculture. After meticulous grape selection via hand–picking, the grapes for the Nussberg Zweigelt 2017 were destemed and after 3 weeks gently pressed. After the second fermentation, the malolactic fermentation, the wine was filled in Barriques.

We used mainly used oak barrels around which 25% were new oak barrels. After 18 months maturation, the wine was filled without filtration in the bottle. Following a moderate amount of time on the fine lees, the wine was bottled without any fining and less SO2. For that reason, this wine is also vegan.

Specifications

Year 2017
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar Zweigelt
Country Austria
Alcohol content
13% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 9.75 units
Type Red Wine
Cellaring Potential Awaiting info
Allergen Information Contains Sulphites
Dietary Information
Biodynamic and Vegan
Origin Vienna