2015 ZILLINGER "REFLEXION" ST LAURENT
From very old 97 year-old St Laurent vines planted to Loess and lime sandstone soils, Demeter-Certified Biodynamic. Fermentation occurs in open vats, with slow and gentle pressing, followed by 18 months in used acacia and oak barrels (no new oak) to allow the terroir and old-vine character shine through. The result is a truly captivating red, with succulent red berry aromas and flavors and spicy, minerality. It's mouth-filling and soft enough for fans of New World Pinot Noir, but earthy and structured for Old World fans. An instant winner.
The "Steinthal" vineyard is one of the most traditional locations in Johannes’ village of Velm-Götzendorf. The “Reflexion- Steinthal” is made of perfectly ripe grapes, which are harvested by hand. Next to the vines, several types of thyme were planted for greening. The thyme is harvested to make tea and extracts for Biodynamic preparations.
About: Johannes Zillinger learned early on from his father about the craft of organic winemaking, about viewing the vineyard as a habitat and protecting the environment instead of poisoning it. His father Hans turned to organic viticulture in 1983, two years before the Anti-freeze Scandal, and was one of its pioneers in Austria. When Johannes took over the winery and made it his own in 2013, he took it ever further and became biodynamic, starting a new chapter for the 350 year old winery. His wines are certified Demeter biodynamic. Here is how to sum up bio-dynamic farming: 1. Biodynamic farming is an older and much stricter way of farming than organic farming. 2. Beyond being organic, biodynamic farming practices are guided by a special calendar and many special rules. They do not allow additions like yeast to help or control the fermentation. 3. Often biodynamic farmers are fairly eccentric, but as a rule they are always committed to the most natural winemaking practices. 4. Just because a wine is biodynamic does not mean it will taste good, but many biodynamic wines are extraordinary.
Johannes is all about the philosophy of biodynamic farming. He even grows his own herbs for tea tinctures to use as treatments in his vineyards. The wines are all spontaneously fermented, lightly filtered, and minimally sulfured only at bottling keeping with the purity desired by the natural wine crowd. The difference with these wines are their approachability to the entire consumer base. Everyone can appreciate the cleanliness, flavor, and precision of this juice regardless of their interest in natural wines. (Importer)
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