The Zweigelt "Kieselstein" (which means "pebble", the type of soil found in the vineyard) by Claus Preisinger impresses with its clear, profound soft fruit, with some ripe cherry and sour cherry jam coming to mind. This Burgenland (from the subregion of Neusiedlersee) red underlines its youthful freshness with delicate floral and herbal notes. So youthful in fact, this may show a faint (and delightful) fizz when first opened.
On the palate, this complex 100% Zweigelt is juicy, dusty and with a magnificent silica mineral edge. A soft and velvety finish completes this Austrian red wine excellently.
We love Claus Preisinger (you have likely enjoyed the uniquely packaged LIBRE wines we often carry from him, one a rose and the other a light red). All are certified organic & biodynamic and made via spontaneous fermentation and minimal sulfur.
This light, versatile red was grown in gravel soil and vinified in large neutral oak (8 months) and stainless steel (vines range from 9-39 years in age).
A terrific red to pair with fish (especially cooked in a tomato sauce), chicken, or duck. Can even be chilled down and enjoyed with BBQ in warmer months.
More info from Volker Wine Co:
"A surfer at heart, Claus Preisinger has been making wine on the north shore of Lake Neusiedl in the Burgenland town of Gols since 2002. He converted the vineyards and winery to biodynamic production in 2006, and is Respekt Biodyn certified. Claus vinifies mostly domestic grape varieties such as Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt, Grüner Veltliner and St. Laurent, supplemented by Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc from both the west and east sides of Lake Neusiedl ...Reduction, minimalism and a free spirit are the guiding themes of Claus Preisinger."