Umathum Zweigelt Classic 2015

A bright, fresh, but substantial Zweigelt with a long finish. Intense but not overbearing. To drink soon or over the next 5 years or so.
SKU: 2741
$19.80

Details

Details

Zweigelt is an immensely attractive grape. It has a bright fruitiness that is always appealing. Sometimes the grape can be made in a simple, refreshing style, a little like a village Beaujolais. At other times it can be made seriously, such as the Ried Hallebuhl from Umathum, and can compete with the best reds anywhere. Umathum makes it in several different styles. This wine is medium bodied, maybe not a profound wine, but a deeply satisfying one for a very fair price. As usual here, the wine is all natural yeast, biodynamically farmed and raised and aged in large neutral oak casks (fuder). It's peppery, but with a lovely cherry fruit entry. Vineyard is mostly gravel and rather stony.

2015 was an exceptional vintage, producing wines of perfect balance and good cellar potential. Ruby red, in the nose peppery with notes of dark cherry, smooth and balanced in its finish.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Farming Standard biodynamic
Winemaker Josef
Producer Umathum
Alcohol 12.60
ml 750
Residual Sugar (g/L) 1.20
Acidity (g/l) 4.90
Closure Glass Stopper
Cellar Potential Ready now this will will age well for 3-6 years.
Grape Variety 100% - Zweigelt
Body medium
Sweetness dry
region Burgenland

Region

Burgenland


Burgenland is made up of 4 "sub-areas" and covers 19,215 hectares, which is about 48,000 acres. The dominating geographical influence here is the Neusiedler Lake (Neusiedlersee), and the 4 subdivided areas are called Southern Burgenland (Südburgenland), Central Burgenland (Mittelburgenland), Neusiedler Lake (Neusiedlersee) and the Neusiedler Lake Highlands (Neusiedlersee-Hügelland).

From the northernmost Neusiedlersee area comes full-bodied white wines, including the countries best Chardonnays. This is also an area where great red wines are produced, including those from the "Pannobile" co-operative who age their wines in oak.

Due to the vineyards proximity to the lake and their location in the hot Pannonian climate zone, their grapes more often than not develop the "noble rot" (botrytis cinerea) which creates heady dessert wines. The region stretches along the Hungarian border, right across which Tokaji is being made.

The town of Rust, in the Neusiedler Lake Highlands, is where the famous Ruster Ausbruch dessert wine is made. This is also where storks come to roost every year, building their enormous nests on the roof of every building along the main roads. They make a clicking sound which is somewhere between a woodpecker and a jackhammer, and as you sit at the Heuriger (wine garden) drinking the afternoon away, the potential cacophony becomes something of a symphony.

Subregion

Neusiedlersee


Powerful wines from the sunny banks of the narrow steppe lake known itself as Neusiedlersee.

The hot and dry climate of the eastern banks, known as the Heideboden, offers ideal conditions for growing memorable wines in the categories red, white and nobly sweet. Weissburgunder, Chardonnay and Neuburger yield rich and ageworthy white wines, while the Zweigelt is the most prominent red variety, found in the bottle frequently in the company of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

In the town of Gols, the growers' association Pannobile has done much to raise the reputation of the local red wines, and the recent influence of Biodynamics has had a very positive influence on Blaufränkisch produced in the region, rendering it more expressive and less oaky.

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