Unser Sortiment

Style

Our continental Pannonian climate calls for consequence, flexibility and sensitivity in harvesting and making wine. Thus we don’t rely on a fixed status-quo-scheme but rather push our minimal standards to retain agility.

White wines and Rosé

Our white wines and our rosé made of Blaufränkisch Reserve mirror our personal preferences. For fruit-driven wines without maturation in  oak barrels – that’s the philosophy “in white”. We focus on a medium alcohol content and a crisp acidity structure gained by fully ripened, but not over-ripe grapes.

To get rid of an old cliché: High acidity levels may also be achieved in Burgenland by determining an early date of harvesting. However, often at the expense of full extract and longevity. Therefore: Extremes are to be avoided. We attach great importance to elaborate flavour compounds, origin and natural conditions. Thus cellar measures are limited to the bare necessities. To emphasize the fruitiness of our wines, fermentation and maturation takes exclusively place in stainless steel tanks.

After a short period of maceration, 10% of the juice contained in the mash of our best Blaufränkisch Reserve grapes is drawn off and vinificated like white wine. The result is an enjoyable, delicate and fruit-intensive rosé.

Red wines classic

Dry, fruity red wines matured in large barrels are of considerable importance and tradition to us. The used grapes origin in younger vineyards and/or single sites and ripen early. After fermentation and malolatic fermentation the young “muscle men” require several months of maturation and “breathing” in large used oak casks, to be bottled in early summer the following year.

This process guarantees – together with the mostly loamy-chalky red wine soils or our wine growing area – a “cool” and highly varietal expression which imparts pleasure for many years. We attach great importance to the fact that our red wines are characterised as “Austrian” respectively “Burgenländer” (originating in Burgenland).

Red wines matured in Barrique barrels

We like to describe ourselves as “structure-wine lovers” which means that we renounce of physical-technical concentration measures. In spite of this - or perhaps even as a result - our “barrique-matured” red wines leave neither body, nor extract nor pleasure to desire. To achieve these results in a natural way, grapes of older, rigorously thinned vineyards are used for vinification.

Late and very selective harvesting into small boxes, long fermentation and complete malolactic fermentation is followed by a 12 months maturation in mostly new, small oak barrels of classic origin. After 6-8 months of maturation in bottle the wine is released on the market. Our red wines guarantee a long drinking pleasure: When released on the market, they are ready to drink. However, they will unfold their true maturity in your wine cellar. Anyhow, we recommend to decant such multi-layered red wines.

Noble sweet wines

Particularly in rainy years the noble rot – Botrytis Cenera – occurs late in autumn during foggy periods.This fungus macerates the berry skins. The mild, slightly windy autumn weather favours the evaporation of the water contained in the berries, the natural sugar content and extracts go up.

Now, selection is required – Beerenauslese – Ausbruch! Ausbruch means that the dried part of the grapes are broken out. Following a Rust tradition and wine characteristic, sweet wines of extraordinary structure and finesse result. Noble sweet wines also exhibit fruitiness. And remind of whole baskets of fruits, flower bunches and spices. Ideally, Ruster Ausbruch presents an initial must weight of 31˚KMW – plus and exhibits a perfect acidity-alcohol-residual sugar balance. From the 1989 vintage onwards, our noble sweet wines are reductively vinificated.

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