Gernot Heinrich has 100 hectares of vines in Gols, Burgenland, which is Austria's easternmost province, lying only a few kilometres from the Hungarian border. After graduating in viticulture from Klosterneuberg, Gernot's vinous travels in Bordeaux, Spain, California and Italy convinced him that his best approach in this continental climate was to use indigenous grapes such as Blaufränkisch, St Laurent and Zweigelt to make the highest quality, most characteristic wines he could.
In the Wagram area, the hot, dry climate with sandy, clay soils on south-facing vineyards favour the production of ripe, opulent reds. A fresh, northeasterly wind ensures the relatively high rainfall in the area does not cause the grapes to rot. The vineyards are located 140 metres above sea level, with Pinot Noir, St Laurent and Syrah on the higher slopes and Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt on the heavier soils lower down. The vines for this wine are between 10 and 30 years old, located at various optimum sites of the Heidelboden between the Parndorfer Platte and Lake Neusiedl (the Neusiedlersee).
Harvest began by hand during mid-September. Maceration lasted for two weeks in a wooden fermentation vat. The wine was aged for 14 months in wooden casks and used 500-litre oak barrels. The wine was bottled at the beginning of December 2016.
Dark ruby garnet colour. Fresh sour cherry on the nose along with raspberry, liquorice, mint and clove. The flavourful palate gives notes of blackberry and bitter chocolate. The tannins are soft and rich, accompanied by understated acidity and a smooth finish.