Carnuntum | Göttlesbrunn

Young, ambitious, passionate winemakers like Philipp Grassl are authoring the transformation of Carnuntum from unfashionable backwater to a place capable of producing exciting site-specific, mineral wines. Austria’s only red-wine dominant region, Carnuntum’s mix of mix of alluvial soils, loess, limestone, and gravel give terroir-obsessed winemakers like Grassl much to work with, as the region benefits from the tempering by the Danube River of the Pannonian climate’s hot summers and cold winters. Working with Zweigelt and St. Laurent, Grassl’s approach in the cellar is to do very little, letting vineyard and vintage speak for themselves.

Grassl 2021 Zweigelt Ried Schuttenberg

Tension, definition, absolute layer character and high storage potential. This is not generally attributed to Zweigelt, even though it forms the basis of all the great red cuveés in our area and beyond. The Schüttenberg, named after the gravelly, loamy, south-facing location of origin, refutes all prejudices in this regard and shines not only as a single-site wine but also as a complex wine for storage that will benefit from a few years of aging in the bottle. His “condition” could even last a few years longer than that of Bärnreiser.

  • 2021
  • Zweigelt
  • Austria
  • Carnuntum
  • Organic in Transition by LACON
  • Ried Schüttenberg Erste Lage
  • South
  • chalky limestone, danube gravel, sandy loam
  • 18 months 500 litre barrels, no racking, no finings, 30% new
  • hand-picked, destemmed without crushing the skins, natural yeast, 28 °C, soft remontage and maceration for 20 days
  • 1
  • 750 ml

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