In viticulture it is sometimes not different than in politics: labour at the grassroots level is crucial. Pittnauer Zweigelt Heideboden might not have the same charisma as the St. Laurent Rosenberg – yet, for getting a crisp, inviting, wholesome and distinct wine into the bottle, attention and diligence are required. The wine-growers who cultivate the vines at the Heideboden are working according to the regulations of organic viticulture; they harvest manually and yield perfectly ripe and healthy grapes.
The intention behind the Zweigelt Heideboden is twofold: on the one hand we want to capture the terroir, the warmth of the Pannonian climate and the sandy soils of Lake Neusiedl which tend to give the wine an unmistakable lightness; on the other hand, we try to unfold the subtle, precise and delicate side of the grape variety.
The grapes were harvested by hand and fermented spontaneously in stainless steel tanks. Afterwards the wine was aged on the lees in used barrels for half a year.
This is Zweigelt in top form, from perhaps the best vintage of the last decade. It was warm but never too hot and, thanks to a rainy May, completely stress-free for the vines. The autumn was golden, the sky blue, and the grapes ripe and pristine. Nothing stood in the way of a smooth vinification. - Gerhard Pittnauer