2018 Berger Zweigelt

Kremstal, Austria

This wine comes from a father/son estate of fourteen hectares in the Kremstal sub-region of lower Austria. Zweigelt presently the most widely-grown red grape varietal in Austria. It’s a cross of Blaufrankisch and St. Laurent created by Dr. Fritz Zweigelt in 1922. Blaufrankisch and St. Laurent tend to be similar to Pinot Noir. Zweigelt is typically fruit-forward and spicy with soft tannins. You can also find Zweigelt planted here in Canada!

This wine is made with organically grown grapes and goes through slow fermentation in stainless steel. It’s juicy and bright with notes of strawberries, cranberries, blueberries and tart cherries. If you drink a lot of Gamay and Pinot Noir- this wine is definitely for you.

Although this bottle is ideal for consuming young, there are age-worthy versions that can withstand a short number of cellar years. I recommend pairing this wine with barbeque grilled chicken, shellfish, tomato-base sauces or just crush it on its own. The best part is that you get 33% more wine- it’s a liter!