Hans Herzog Marlborough Zweigelt

Zweigelt 2016

Regular price $64.00 Sale

As a small family owned winery, our minimum order amount is 3 bottles, this can be mixed across our eclectic range of varieties. 

Vintage 2016

We hand-picked this exuberant Austrian grape variety (crossing of ‘Blaufränkisch x St Laurent’) at a low yield of 700g/vine mid of April. A fantastic long warm growing season greatly enhanced the flavours.

Hans' Comment

The Zweigelt spent 21 days on the skins progressing to a natural wild yeast fermentation. After gentle pressing the wine was transferred into French Barriques (40% new) where it progressed to the natural malolactic fermentation and matured on its fine lees for 18 months. No fining. No filtration.

Tasting Notes

The wonderful dark purple colour of this wine is a tastebud sensation! Sweet and savoury like a ‘Black Forest Gateau’ in a bottle! Wonderful aromas of dark chocolate, juicy ripe plums, sweet Damson plums and prunes with  spicy undertones. There is a hint of black pepper, tobacco, Mediterranean herbs and liquorice. A flavour powerhouse and a highly complex wine with a great lively acidity, structure, soft tannins and a lingering finish. This is a wine built to last….

Technical Data 

Variety     100% Zweigelt
Vine Age 17 years
Soil  Shallow (<45 cm) stony soil, excessively drained, developed from stony alluvium. Mixed even within the rows (sandy, gravely and patchy clay-sand layers)
Planting Density   5,500 vines/ha
Yield  3t/ha
Alcohol 14%
Residual Sugar  <0.1 g/l (totally dry)
Ageing Potential 10+ years