An exciting premium red varietal grown widely in Austria. It produces dark skinned berries with smooth velvety tannins. Genetically it is thought to be a ‘wild cousin’ of Pinot Noir.
Often thought of as a ‘gentle giant’ – this is because the wine is big in colour but on the palate it’s gentle with beautiful smooth, silky tannins. Cropping levels are kept low to ensure the fruit is concentrated. Varietal flavours are accumulated through hang time on the vines well into Autumn.
Hand-harvested and fermented with indigenous yeast, then matured in French oak for 11 months (25% new), this wine then undergoes natural malolactic fermentation.
4.5 Stars 2018 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit NZ