Rotburger Classic, Umathum
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Organic

Rotburger Classic, Umathum - 2018

Item # 56124 750mL
$19.96/ Single Bottle
$239.52 $215.57/ Case of 12
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Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.


Tasting Notes

Rotburger is one of the original and now more culturally acceptable names for Zweigelt. It is a cross of Blaufrankisch and St.Laurent. This comes from vines that are up to 40 years in age. The wine was aged in large wooden casks for a year before bottling.


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Staff Pick Notes

Wine can often seem complicated, but really it all boils down to something simple: you just want to drink good wine. Look no further than this utterly delicious Zweigelt from one of Austria's top producers. In the hands of Josef "Pepi" Umathum, the grape transcends its normal humble role as part of a blend and shines all on its own. An intriguing mix of blackberry, cherry, and earthiness, with a black peppery bite, the wine offers up some serious depth and complexity while remaining ohso drinkable. Umathum's parents started the winery in 1958, planting the vines themselves on an empty 10-acre field. Pepi took the reigns in 1985 just as the Austrian wine scandal erupted. He began farming organically and in 2005 went full-on biodynamic. He now even has sheep in his vineyard. The result is quite simply a very good wine.

- ALM

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Zweigelt

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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Austria

Austrian wine is finally getting the attention it deserves. Ever since the late 1980s, Austrian winemaking has taken a much more rigorous approach to quality control, and returned to its roots in organic viticulture.

Deservedly famous for its white wines (Grüner Veltliners especially), Austria makes a number of delicious red wines as well.The most widely grown red grape in Austria is...

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