Varieties: Pinot Noir & Zweigelt
Soil: crushed rocks with chalk
Harvest: selective harvesting by hand
Handling: 5h maceration on the skins. Destemming and gently pressing. Wineyard yeasts and neutral yeasts only. Sur lie till February 2016 in stainless steel.
Analytics: 12,5 % vol., residual sugar 6,9 g/L, acidity 6,7 g/L
Enjoy: 2016 to 2020
Last year Ingrid Groiss visited Vintage 38 on her stateside visit. She creates wine in the oldest DAC in Austria, Weinviertel DAC. She is pure loveliness, smart and a natural beauty. Not coincidentally, so are her wines.
I speak zero German, so thankfully her English is immaculate. I quite naively asked for how long her family has been making wine. She patiently explained it's difficult to say, because her family has made wine for generations. This is something that I've come to learn: When discussing wine with old-world winemakers, the answer is usually something of this sort ... "forever". Because really, wine and life are completely intertwined in the old-world and to pull them apart is quite silly.
Another interesting tidbit I picked up during our visit ...
I think I asked which grapes were in the Sommerwein Rosé and she explained how she doesn't really know the exact the percentages. Often we quote "50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot" or something of the sort, but her wines are made with grapes that are grown together. It's always been done this way. For generations. And then I felt overly analytical about a wine that was simply spectacular bursting with fruit, acidity and drinkability.
On the drinkability note... this is something she explicitly mentioned as a goal in making "Sommerwein". She didn't call it as such, but explained that it is important to Groiss to make wine that allows you to sit all afternoon and drink. Maybe get a little teeny-tiny bit tipsy, but not with the intention of getting drunk. Because as we all know, that just ends the day early. Who wants that? I know I prefer to sit with friends all afternoon, outside, in the sun, sipping on low alcohol, low residual sugar wines.
And while I feel like I'm going on and on about this beauty (it is warranted mind you) ... why the name "Sommerwein"? As it phonetically sounds, this is a "summer wine". Inspired by and named after the 1967 Nancy Sinatra song. [So, if you hear this song on our Vintage 38 playlist you now know why].
This year we brought back in this year's 2016 Groiss "Sommerwein" as well as [her beau's wine] Stift Gottweig "Messwein".
Regular 21.99; Early Season Sale 17.99
Stift Gottweig "Messwein"
Winery: Stift Göttweig
Whereas Groiss makes wine in one of the oldest DACs in Austria, Stift is made one of the oldest known wineries in Austria. Stift Göttweig has been producing wine since the Middle Ages! Similar stylistically to Groiss "Sommerwein", it is crisp, dry, elegant, aromatic, floral, fruity, light with slight minerality. Read: Another drink-all-day-with-friends rosé.
"Messwein" is the word for mass wine... and not in the "box wine" sense. Like mass. Like church. Like holy. Like we drink this on Sundays to give thanks for life and love and beauty!
So, I must suggest something. Drink this on Sunday... and give thanks to the beauty of wine. But really, it is simply elegant.
Regular 19.99; Early Season Sale 13.99