Weingut Winter Spätburgunder Gutswein, Rheinhessen,
Spätburgunder is German for Pinot Noir, the most widely planted red grape in Germany. The vines for this wine are grown around Dittelsheim on limey soils. The grapes were picked by hand and fermented for 21 days, then aged for 14 months in oak. Elegant and juicy, the balanced acidity combines with delicate tannins to provide length. Flavours include strawberry, cherry and earthy truffle.
Goldenits Zweigold Zweigelt, Burgenland,
The Zweigelt grape is a fairly recent variety, being a cross of the St Laurent and Blaufränkisch varieties; it only began to be widely planted in the 1960s. The grapes are grown in mature vineyards, some over 30 years old, in the Lake Neusiedl sub-region of the Burgenland wine region, on black soils mixed with some stone and gravel. Much of the fermentation of the hand-harvested grapes takes place in large wooden casks, the wine also undergoes a few months ageing in similar barrels. Ruby-garnet in colour, the wine shows cherry and dark fruits, a note of violet and a touch of spice.
Soellner Wogenrain Organic Grüner Veltliner, Wagram,
The Soellner family own vineyards in the Donauland on the Danube in Austria and they consistently produce wines of great depth of character and balance. The wines are biodynamic and since 1997, the land has been farmed under strict organic guidelines governed by the Austrian state authority. This blend makes a light and typically characteristic wine. The grapes are hand-picked, and the juice is slowly fermented in stainless steel tanks. Maturation takes place for a short time in oak casks. After the second racking, the Wogenrain is kept in tank until the following spring in order to retain freshness and fruit purity.