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Blauer Wildbacher Lestoá Rot

rare red made from Blauer Wildbacher. Natural wine, low sulfur, low intervention, slow wine

Blauer Wildbacher is a red grape normally used only in Schilcher Rosé. Lestoá Reds are only made in good years. The wine has red berry and herbal aromas, with good body again red berry fruit with some spice.


Source
Austria
Red

Information

About this vintage

Vintage
2003
SKU
4350018
Ripeness
Normal
Stock
4
Last tasted
July 21 2016
Bottle Size
0.75L

Wine Details

Country
Austria
Colour
Red
Region
Styria
Wine features
Mature, Oaked, Organic, Slow Wine, Low Intervention, Natural
Winemaking features
Spontaneous Yeast, Low Sulphur
Variety
Blauer Wildbacher
Sweet
No
Sparkling
No
Ripeness
Normal
Wine features
Mature, Oaked, Organic, Slow Wine, Low Intervention, Natural
Winemaking
Spontaneous Yeast, Low Sulphur

More about this wine

The Strohmeier are early pioneers of organic, low/no sulphur natural wine and orange wines. These are beautifully made, clean and precise wines, typically Alpine Wines style wines.

Tasted in August 2012 with a couscous and the wine is superb - very "Italian" in style and perfect indeed for spicy dishes.

In 2003 the grapes were extremely ripe and there was a high level of tannins in the grape skins. The wine was fermented on the skins for 14 days in stainless steel tank and after a further soft pressing the wine was transferred to oak barrels (60% new oak, 225 litre) and matured for 20 months.

Lestoá 2003 has a great potential for ripening. It is best to give it some air in a carafe before drinking. It goes very well with dark meat dishes with spicy sauces.

Ben says (July 2016): I opened this with some trepidation given its age and style of production, not because I have anything against natural wine but because I anticipated some oxidisation. As it happens, this wine does have some sulphur added and there was no reason for me to worry.

The wine is fantastically dark and has a tremendous nose. The forest floor covered in ripe brambles with redcurrants and blackcurrants bound up in herbs and spices, all wrapped in old leather. Wonderful! It is a wine that I could inhale all day long.

In the mouth, the tannins attack but without causing offense. Both red and black currants continue, as does the leather. This is a wine that is not ashamed by its age but flaunts it. Ditch the Cabernet Sauvignon and reach for the Blauer Wildbacher, wave the steaks at the kitchen on the way past and serve them together. This is living!

 



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