From Gesellmann comes a native tribute to Austrian tradition. The “G” is made from fruit picked from the oldest vines in their vineyards. This gives low yields of concentrated, small-berried Blaufränkisch (95%) and St. Laurent (5%) grapes.
The fully ripe and healthy grapes are always handpicked before being subject to traditional, spontaneous fermentation with the skins. The cap is submerged throughout, with fermentation being followed by an impressive 50-day maceration.
The wine is then transferred into small oak barrels for malolactic conversion followed by a 40-month maceration in small oak barrels. During this time the wine is racked several times to achieve natural clarification. After assemblage of the blend, the wine matures for another four months in large wooden casks before release.
Alcohol: 14.5% vol
Acid: 6.8 g/l
Residual sugar: 1.0 g/l
CRITIC RATINGS97 Falstaff
Deeply expressive nose of blackberry, blueberry and liquorice with smoky sandalwood, nougat and orange zest. The palate is full bodied with vibrant dark cherries, with a sweet ripeness in the long, refreshing finish that’s beautifully balanced by an elegant acid structure and vibrant, ripe tannins. Drinking very well now, but with tremendous ageing potential.
This wine pairs well with most dark meats, including steak and game.