Claus Preisinger Kieselstein 2018

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Neusiedlersee, Burgenland, Austria
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, minimal additional sulphites

Claus Preisinger’s winery is nestled in the village of Gols by Lake Neusiedlersee in Burgenland. Claus first started making wine with this father as a hobby, but after working with Hans Nittnaus, a neighbouring winemaker for a few years, decided that wine was his true calling. His first vintage was in 2000, and since then he has expanded his father’s 3 hectares to the 19 hectares of vines he cultivates today. His vines are spread across 64 parcels and are largely planted to indigenous varieties such as Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent. Claus is deeply committed to working in harmony with nature, and has been certified biodynamic since 2009. He also keeps his cellar interventions to a minimum, strongly advocating for wines that achieve balance naturally. Very little sulphur is added to his wines - Claus decides just before bottling if it is strictly necessary.

Claus Preisinger’s Zweigelt is grown on pebbly, gravelly (Kiesel) soils in Burgenland. The rocky soils and the temperate microclimate around Lake Neusiedlersee form the perfect conditions for Zweigelt. The grapes are fermented semi-carbonically in large used oak barrels without any added yeast. The wine is aged in large used oak barrels for up to 10 months and bottled without filtration and with minimal amounts of sulphur. It's a bright, vivid wine with a light body and plenty of toothsome purple fruit. As with all good Zweigelt there are aromatic notes of violet, and savoury notes that would appeal to the Pinot-devotees looking to branch out. Modern, forward-thinking Austrian wine from one of its foremost proponents.