High on the hills of Austria there is more than just a lonely goat herd – there is also a fantastic winery, considered one of the country’s best. Pittnauer has a long winemaking tradition in the region, and in 2006 moved to more biodynamic practices. The results are delicious, environmentally friendly wines with years of experience behind them. Now prepare yourself for some varieties you’ve probably never heard of – Pittnauer’s Pitti Red Blend is made from blaufränkisch and Zweigelt grapes with a small quantity of Merlot added to the mixture. These varieties shine brightest in the Austrian climate, where they come together to make a stunningly delicious, full bodied wine reminiscent of spicy Shiraz. The ‘Pitti’ is a blend coming from vines that average 12-15 years in age and are planted on sandy clay mixed with limestone. Dark ruby in colour, the wine has tight tannins with black berries, cherries, cranberries and fresh acidic structure. Whispers of tobacco and liquorice. Ticks all the boxes of quality, drinkability and affordability and yumability.
Tasting Notes from Pinto Wines
|Nose||Intense expression of black berries, cherries, cranberries ripe black fruits with hints of black pepper|
|Palate||Fruity, elegant, and crunchy attack, with notes of blackberries, tobacco followed by a long dry peppery finish|
|Grape Variety||50% Zweigelt, 40% Blaufränkisch, 10% Merlot|
|Style||Dry full bodied red|
|Vinification||Manually harvested, destemmed, left for 18 days on skins before fermenting in steel with natural yeasts for four days and on lees for three months. Aged for six months in steel|
|Cellaring/Ageing Potential||Drink now with 5 years cellar potential|