Zweigelt Reserve BURG
Roman Josef Pfaffl
The Pfaffl family’s greatest strength is family unity. The family focuses on crafting impeccable wines that reflect authentic Austrian terroir through their depth, minerality, and balance. Everyone plays a fulfilling role in which they can evolve. Roman Josef Pfaffl is the winemaker, and his sister Heidi Fischer oversees the commercial side. Father Roman Pfaffl looks after the vineyards and mother Adelheid watches over the newest generation. The family’s teamwork was evident when they won theh prestigious honor of being named Wine Enthusiast’s “European Winery of the Year 2016,” a first for an Austrian winery ever. For close to 40 years, the Pfaffls have been ambassadors for highquality Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, Chardonnay, Zweigelt, and St. Laurent. In just under 20 years Roman Pfaffl ambitiously grew a little farm with less than 2 acres of vines into a nearly 50 acre wine estate, meandering through 10 villages throughout Weinvertel. Biodiversity is important to Pfaffl, with a simple idea: the more biodiversity there is in the vineyard, the healthier the entire ecosystem is. The vineyard contains selected flowering plants to compete with vigorous grasses that provide a habitat for the beneficial insects amongst the vines.VINTAGE NOTES
The 2015 vintage benefited from precipitation in autumn and winter 2014. The humidity helped during the hot blooming period and the extremely dry summer. By the beginning of September, a short, longawaited rainfall made the grapes ripen fully. Sunny, cool and dry harvest-weather followed. By the middle of October, a week of rain forced us to precisely select the Reserves.WINEMAKING
Grapes were hand-harvested mid October. Vinification took place in stainless steel vats, alcoholic fermentation took place at 82°F and maceration took 21 days. 70% of the wine is stored in new Barriques for 18 monthsTASTING NOTES
Dark ruby red, dense color, the full ripe cherry aroma with spice. On the palate, very soft, velvety tannins. Beautifully integrated wood. Pairs well with game and roasts.