Jurtschitsch Sonnhof Zweigelt 2013
The nose exhibits plenty of fresh fruit – pronounced cherry and red berries with nuances of blood orange that become increasingly noticeable on the palate. Abundant spice, particularly pepper, completes the spectrum of aromas and flavours. Refreshing acidity and robust tannin are bedded in a juicy texture making this a perfect bottle to unscrew for a barbecue.
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The Jurtschitsch family continue to go from strength to strength and have recently been creditted as the most consistent producer year on year of organically grown top quality Gruner Veltliner. Indeed, they are also mentioned in the Gault Millau wine guide as one of a 'handful of estates that are able to produce top quality over their entire range'.
"Honestly, Zweigelt is rather an “issue” in Austria. It grows everywhere, often in copious quantities, which leads to the unfortunate conclusion that it is universally well suited. If you really want to make superb Zweigelt, you’ve literally got your work “cut out”. The variety is vigorous and you’ve got to ensure that yields don’t explode. If meagre soils and cool expositions are chosen for this grape, the quality can be stunning. We strive to consider all of these components and allow enough time in the cellar for the wine to find its perfect balance in large casks and used wooden barrels".