The best red wine in Austria 2015 - Falstaff.
It's been outstanding every year for the 10 years I have known it. Magnificent red blend.
About this vintage
- Zweigelt 60%, Merlot 20%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%
- 14 %
- Last tasted
- May 14 2016
- Keep until
- Bottle Size
More about this wine
Netzl's premium blend, dedicated to their daughters Annemarie and Christina. 60% Zweigelt, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.
For the Anna Christina, Netzl use the best vineyard of every single variety. The Zweigelt comes from Haidacker where it develops its typical high level of ripeness but also fresh cherry fruit. Merlot grows at Bärnreiser, a very warm place with deep soils which allow for constant ripening. Therefore the wines are deep, structured and full-bodied. Aubühel is the best place for Cabernet Sauvignon because here it is allowed to fully ripen and contribute substantial tannins and dark fruit to the blend.
Ripened grapes are harvested by hand at the end of September and the beginning of October and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The malolactic fermentation as well as the 20 month ageing are completed in new small French oak barrels.
This blend combines the juicy cherry fruit of the Zweigelt grape, the powerful structure and ripe tannins of the Cabernet Sauvignon and the smooth and velvety texture of the Merlot.
I the glass it is a deep ruby garnet with a dark core. Aromas of dark and juicy berries as well as spicy nuances in the nose. On the palette complex and multi-layered, good tannins, elegance and charm with an intense and unrivaled concentration. Pair with veal or venison roasted in heavy sauce and with spicy cheese with nuts.