Steinzeiler derives its name from the rocky, calcareous soils on the southerly slopes of the Leithagebirge. Vines have been grown here for around 2800 years.
The blend is predominantly Blaufränkisch, from the heart of vineyards Point and Setz, and also contains Cabernet Sauvignon from Setz, and Zweigelt from Neusatz. These are south and southeast facing, limestone slopes with loam and stony topsoils. This part of the Leithagebirge covers elevations of 180m to 212m.
It produces a powerful wine, made from carefully tended old vines and displaying nonchalant elegance and charm.
All the grapes are selectively hand harvested at a yield of 40hl/ha. The wine is fermented on skins followed by extended maceration for 3 to 4 weeks. The wine is then aged for 30 months in small barrels of French oak.
N.B. Younger vintages (less than 5 years old) should be opened or decanted for 1-2 hours before drinking.
Alcohol: 14.0% vol
Acid: 5.1 g/l
Residual sugar: 1.1 g/l
CRITIC RATINGS98 Falstaff 95 James Suckling
The nose gives a rich bouquet of ripe berry aromas, and toasty baked dark bread. On the palate come ripe dark fruits, with plenty of ripe and fine-grained tannin giving depth to the body and a perfect balance leaving a subtle combination of vigour and elegance.
Perfect companion to a range of game and dark meat dishes as well as hard cheese.