Pinot Noir Reserve Price € 31.00
Domäne Wachau is one of Austria’s most renowned wineries, based in Austria’s most prestigious wine growing region, the Wachau. Steep terraced yineyards, a cool, marginal climate and meagre primary rock soils define the wines.
Sensory features: Medium ruby red with discreet purple highlights. Open and multi-layered on the nose displaying spicy liquorice, discreet smoky aromas and fruity impressions of cherries and raspberries. In the mouth, the wine is quite firm and well-structured yet elegant and juicy. The medium acidity and ripe, silky tannins lend abundant drinking pleasure. Long and lingering finish.
Grape variety: Pinot Noir is an international grape variety with origins in Burgundy, France. Pinot Noir is cultivated around the world, but prefers cooler regions and sites. Power and opulence are never its virtues, but rather fine-boned elegance, charm, finesse and inimitable, seductive aromatics. In the Wachau valley, Pinot Noir is very rare. Under ideal conditions, a high level of ripeness and skilled vinification, Pinot Noir can yield some of the world’s best red wines even though the variety is challenging in both vineyard and cellar for the grower.
Origin & Terrior: Red wine grapes for this Pinot Noir were sourced from vineyards surrounding the wine village of Weissenkirchen, small lots were sourced from Rossatz on the Danube’s south bank. In Weissenkirchen, the vines grow on lower stone-walled terrace slopes which are dominated by meagre primary rock soils. In Rossatz, the vineyards are planted on loess soils with a high lime component.
Vinification: Pinot Noir generally produces low yields, in 2012 only 400 kg/hectare. Pinot Noir grapes for this Reserve were harvested in the first half of October and vinified in two separate charges. Both charges were fermented in stainless steel, one with pump over sprinkling, for the other the cap was punched down by foot treading. The wine matured in used 300-litre casks for 16 months.
Alcohol content: 13.5%
Bottle size: 750ml