Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg, 2016
|Producer:||Weingut Schloss Gobelsburg|
|Origin:||Austria / Niederösterreich / Kamptal|
In addition to the floral notes of peony and aster, its aroma fan shows aromas of black cherries, dates, prunes and leather. A fine spice is added in the taste, which is accompanied by some tannins. With its balanced, not too heavy body, this Zweigelt is a wine that can be used in many ways.
|Origin:||Austria / Niederösterreich / Kamptal|
|Ripening potential:||2 to 6 years|
|Serving temperature:||16 to 18 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Cold fish dish, dried meat, Bern meat platter with pickled cabbage, Hearty stew with pulses, Vegetable pie|
|Vinification:||fermentation in steel tank, soft pressing|
|Harvest:||hand-picking, strict selection, in small boxes|
|Maturation:||in large wooden barrel/foudre|
Austria – Sumptuous culture, accessible to all
Austria is characterized by unbelievable topographical diversity. A flat steppe in the east, forests and hills in the Alpine regions, wetlands and Mediterranean landscapes in the south. This in addition to a rich tradition and even greater love. It’s no surprise that the Romans found joy on this patch of Earth and cultivated wine growing. Austrian wine is not abundant, but it is high quality.
Lower Austria: crus near and far from the Danube
Austria's largest state is also its largest wine region. 46,000 hectares are planted with vines in Lower Austria. It is a heterogenic wine region, consisting of eight wine growing areas. While white varieties like Grüner Veltliner and Riesling dominate in the areas north and west of Vienna, red varieties set the tone in the south and in the southeast (Thermenregion and Carnuntum). The internationally famous white crus from Grüner Veltliner and Riesling develop in the picturesque Wachau and Kamptal.
Kamptal: a dynamic atmosphere north of the Danube
With an ever-growing number of leading vintners, Kamptal has increasingly stood out in recent years from the shadow of the legendary Wachau region. The basis for this are the various terroirs in this broad-ranging valley. At Loisium, the region is also host to a spectacular, futuristic visitor center.
Weingut Schloss Gobelsburg
The first written evidence of Schloss Gobelsburg dates from 1074, but it was in 1171 that the Cistercian monks from the Zwettl monastery obtained the first vineyards at Heiligenstein and at Gaisberg in the Kamptal. Visitors entering the baroque-style complex built on a slight mound sense this tradition, this spirit, this experience accumulated over the centuries. The view takes in all the surroundings, from the village of Gobelsburg to the vine-covered hills of Heiligenstein. Inside, near the parish church where couples say yes for life, when the weather is pleasant, the pretty and romantic garden invites all to rest for a while.
Grüner Veltliner and Riesling cover most of the countryside, while Zweigelt, Pinot Noir, St. Laurent and Merlot occupy about a quarter of the surface. Production guidelines are strict, and the winegrowing has adapted to the latest developments while still respecting the methods practiced by the monks. Wines are vinified and aged exceptionally gently. The Gobelsburg team tries to obtain authentic wines which respect and express their origin’s personality and individuality. Michael Moosbrugger’s ingeniously simple idea illustrates this quest for progress: casks on wheels use gravity to avoid damaging the wine through pumping. The casks are made from wood from nearby Manhartsberg and not from popular French or American oak.
The association of Österreichische Traditionsweingüter (traditional Austrian estates), of which Schloss Gobelsburg is a member, pays particular attention to respecting the special attributes of each plot. Their individual characteristics give the wine a particular tone, and the nuances of soil and exposure can be expressed. The best example of this classification can be found in the 'Erste Lagen' which deliver a great complexity when aged (Heiligenstein, Lamm and Grub for example) delivering the subtleties specific to each individuality. That's when we see the meaning of the Cistercian proverb: “He who drinks good wine sees God”.
Flatterer with a backbone
The Zweigelt is an Austrian original. Fritz Zweigelt crossed it in 1922 at the Klosterneuberg Orchard and Viniculture School ("Obst- und Weinbauschule Klosterneuburg") from the red varieties Blaufränkisch and Saint Laurent. Zweigelt's main quality is being marvellously drinkable. With its exuberant berry fruit and juicy structure, it fits like no other to the pleasurable lifestyle of our Austrian neighbours. One thinks, for example, of a hearty Brettjause in the wine tavern. It can, however, also assemble well with other grape varieties, and expand in wooden barrels for more backbone. No wonder it is the most planted grape variety in Austria. One curiosity: the Japanese island of Hokkaido grows 230 hectares of Zweigelt.