A rare Austrian grape variety, with only around 600 hectares of it planted in the country. A cross of Roter Veltliner and Silvaner, this grape actually has red-pink grapes but not enough color to make true red wines, with this wine drinking much more like a funky ramato or orange wine. 8 weeks of maceration with the skins, aged a further 18 months all without any sulfur added. The wine is bottled as is without any fining or filtering, no additives, and had wild yeasts for the ferment. No electrical machinery is used in making the wine either. Very impressive wine with marigold, nectarine skin and agave notes.
One of the pioneering wineries of Austria. Georg Schmelzer was applying ground quartz and herb teas to his vineyards around the town of Gols in Neuseidlersee by the mid-1970s when the estate became an early adopter of biodynamic farming. All vineyards are certified and Weingut Schmelzer has a particular reputation for the quality of their Zweigelt.
Georg is constantly striving for an honest, natural interpretation of native varieties and this shows in the wines. From Gruner Veltliner through to the critically acclaimed Zweigelt they are great examples of how wine can be clean and correct as well as chemical free and honest without costing a small fortune.