Zierfandler is a white grape variety indigenous to Austria’s Thermenregion close to Vienna. Its thin berry skin makes it rather difficult to grow, only about 100 hectares of this variety exist. A unique experience of taste is offered by this grape, sometimes compared to Chenin blanc or Riesling due to its racy acidity and complex aromatics.
Site, Vineyard and Soil
Various vineyards (Ried) named Sonnweger, Katzenbühel, Dipel, Zwischenweger in Gumpoldskirchen. Calcareous brown soil with shell limestone, some parts of the vineyards provide higher clay contents.
Bright and shiny straw yellow with platinum-coloured reflexes. On the nose fresh and clear, subtle fruit aromas of ripe gooseberries and physalis, followed by spicy notes of roasted bred and baked apple, as well as hints of fresh straw. The palate presents an elegant interplay of freshness and power, showcasing a broad arch of aromas ranging from light citrus fruit, lime, pomelo to more spicy elements like white pepper and Fleur de Sel. The wine’s long finish is marked by fresh zesty lime fruit.
10 to 12 °C
Time of harvesting
October 2019, 100% harvested by hand
Strict selection of the grapes, any berries effected by rot were discharged. All bunches have been destemmed. One part pressed directly, the rest crushed and macerated for eight hours prior to pressing. Partly spontanous fermentation at 17-21 °C, partly malolactic fermentation. Èlevage in steel tank, around 10% in used barrique barrels for 11 months.
Acidity 4,9 g/l Alcohol 13,0 % Residual Sugar 1,9 g/l