Red-light-traditional
Claus-preisinger-zweigelt-2011
Color:
Red
Body/Type:
Light Bodied
Style:
Traditional
Size:
Bottle, 750 ml
Winery:
Claus Preisinger
Grapes:
Zweigelt
Serve At:
50°-54° F
Region:
Austria > Burgenland

From warm SE Austria, this young, hip winemaker farms biodynamically and makes wine with real GUTS. You'll enjoy the sweet dark fruit, musk, pie spice, black pepper, licorice and faint olive flavors. Very food-friendly.

Vineyards located in and around the town of Gols are making a name for producing world class wines from Zweigelt, Blaufrankish, St. Laurent and, in the case of Preisinger, Pinot Noir. Close in proximity to Lake Neusiedlersee, a vast, shallow salt lake that contributes climactically to the area’s beneficial conditions for red varieties, Lake Neusiedlersee’s temperature regulating effects combine with the Pannonian climate conditions to provide warm, dry summers and cool winters optimal for wine growing.

Taught to farm by his father, Lorenz, Claus adheres to more traditional techniques, incorporating hand tractors and hand harvesting in his work. Claus is a biodynamic farmer and describes himself as a “low-tech, instinctive, natural” kind of winemaker who “takes whatever the grapes bring and puts it right into the bottle.” His wines show a crystal clear sense of place, intensity of fruit, and authenticity that only evolves from great farming. A member of the Gols Pannobile association, Claus is a champion of local grape varieties including Zweigelt and Blaufrankish. He is the proud owner of a new winery, finished in the winter of 2009 that allows him more flexibility and room to create.

One of the oldest wine producing regions in the world, Austria has been cultivating grapes and creating wine since the fourth century BC. After a brief stint in the Roman Empire, the vineyards were painstakingly cultivated by monks throughout the Middle Ages, similar to those of France and Germany.

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