The fruit is hand-harvested off the organically farmed Heideboden Vineyard in Burgenland and produced in a low-intervention style, so no new oak and only a small amount of sulphur at bottling. Loads of sour cherry and red berries on the nose, leading to a soft palate layered with raspberry, dark cherry, spice and a touch of pepper. True to the variety, it shows good acidity and supple tannins.
This versatile wine can be paired with foods such as barbecued chicken, hamburgers, cold meats, grilled steaks and even tomato based fish dishes.
Varietal / Blend: Zweigelt
Decant: Not necessary
Closure: Screw cap
Farming Practices: Organic
It’s 20-odd years since Gerhard and Brigitte Pittnauer took over the winery in Gols near Lake Neusiedl in Burgenland, bordering Hungary at the eastern edge of Austria. Over that time they’ve pushed the boundaries of Austrian red winemaking, in particular with St Laurent and Zweigelt. But then there’s the Blaufränkisch! In 2001 the construction of the fittingly striking production hall in the middle of the vineyards allowed for a quantum jump in quality and quantity. Pittnauer’s wines are elegant, structured, complex and beautifully drinkable – qualities that were highlighted when Gerhard was named 2014 Winemaker of the Year by Falstaff magazine. This, the highest accolade in Austrian wine, shows just how far the Pittnauers have come. It also goes some way to showing what a fiercely gifted individual we have on our hands. But then everything -from the Pitti blend, through the vivid addition-free wines and right up to the devastatingly good single vineyards will pretty much tell you the same thing.