Zweigelt "Kieselstein," Claus Preisinger
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Zweigelt "Kieselstein," Claus Preisinger - 2020

Item # 39567 750mL
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Production Methods




Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.

Tasting Notes

This beautifully pure Zweigelt was fermented in neutral barrels with a touch of sulphur added at bottling. Claus Preisinger has been using ambient yeasts since 2002 as well as little to no sulfites. The Preisinger wines are certified biodynamic, which Claus takes very seriously. His commitment to the environment and non-interventional winemaking shines through in the superior wines he produces.

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Staff Pick Notes

Claus Preisinger has honed his skills around the world, working in vineyards in California, before returning to his Austrian roots to work for Anita and Hans Nittnaus. After branching out on his own, he has kept the respectful and honest winemaking he learned there, and is applying it a stone's throw away in the town of Gols. His "Kieselstein" Zweigelt is one of the most immediately enjoyable wines that I have had the opportunity to drink as of late. Blackberries, blueberries, savory herbs, and great acidity all refresh the tongue. Its dark purple and blue hue is in contrast to its sheer drinkable pleasure. "Kieselstein" refers to the small pebbles that are abundant in this particular parcel, adding a nice mineral character to the stellar wine.

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Zweigelt, modestly named by Fritz Zweigelt of the Federal Institute for Viticulture and Pomology at Klosterneuburg, Austria in 1922, is a crossing of Blaufränkisch and St.-Laurent. It has risen to fame in its homeland and beyond, and now is the single most widely grown red grape variety in Austria. Offering some of the best attributes of both its parents, Zweigelt is very resistant to frost (an...

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