Named Wine Enthusiast’s “European Winery of the Year 2016,” a first time for any Austrian winery ever. In just 20 years Roman Pfaffl has ambitiously grown a tiny 2 acre vineyard and farm into a nearly 50 acre estate which winds through 10 villages throughout Weinvertel. Biodiversity is emphasized for an overall healthier ecosystem.
The Pfaffl family estate is situated in the village of Stetten which lies on a prehistoric ocean bed. In fact, the Zeisen Vineyard rests on a fossilized oyster reef. This very expressive Gruner Veltliner is produced from 45 year old vines growing directly on those oysters. Additionally the warm south facing vineyard is sheltered by a nearby thick forest which cools the night air and helps protect the Gruner Veltliner’s acidity and contributes to the Zeisen’s fragrant aromas; pea tendril, citrus rind, yellow lentil, spice and ocean spray. Dry, medium bodied, and racy on the palate with vibrancy and finesse. Saline and citrus notes with nuances of ground white peppercorn. Beautiful tapered finish of cleansing acidity and minerality.
The grapes are de-stemmed and and gently crushed, then allowed to macerate in the must for a few hours before being pneumatically pressed and fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel tank. After resting on its lees, four months later the wine is bottled. 13% alcohol.