Pinot Noir Graf Weingartl

vintage 2017

Ried: When the term "Ried" appears before a geographic designation on a label of Austrian wine, the grapes have come from a legally defined single vineyard site. According to the Austrian Wine Law, wines with a vineyard designation must bear the word "Ried" on the label before the name of the vineyard.

Site, Vineyard and Soil

Ried Graf Weingartl (sub-site of Ried Kräutergarten) in Oberwaltersdorf, deep alluvial soils covered by a heavy layer of black soil; limestony gravel subsoil.

Dark brick red and typical transparency. 'Graf Weingartl' offers Pinot finesse as we think it should be: Lots of ripe raspberries, wild strawberries, sousbois, cedar and a salty whiff of pine. The palate adds both a mild herbal and peppery component to the berry-driven character, accompanied by a firm acidity that is very slightly cushioned by the wine's fruit. The complex arc of flavours develops into liquorice and roasted coffee notes. We love the long, red-fruity finish. Nonetheless, this Pinot Noir demands patience, and asks for a bit of time, please serve slightly chilled.

The story: The parcel of land upon which our premier cru now stands has been planted to grape vines as far back as the Hartls (former Graf) can remember. The 'Graf Weingartl' represents the core of our estate and stands truly close to our hearts. A great deal of passion flows into this wine, which was first vinified as a single vineyard bottling in 2007.

Food pairing
Lamb cutlets with creamy rosemary polenta, venison with grilled asparagus, sirloin of veal with morels and puréed celery.

Serving temperature
16 - 18 °C (60 - 65 °F)

Extremely selective hand harvesting. 85% destemmed and crushed, 15% whole bunches. Eight days cold maceration at 5°C; spontaneous fermentation, pressed after 20 days fermenting. 100% maturation in barriques, of which 40% were new and the rest used. 18 months ageing in cask. Bottled unfined and unfiltered in December 2019.

Acidity 5,3 mg/l, Alcohol 13,5 % Vol., Residual Sugar 1,0 g/l