2016 Andreas & Martin Nittnaus Zweigelt ‘Fux’
Region: Neusiedlersee > Burgenland < Austria
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: biodynamic farming, spontaneous fermentation, aged in large wood barrel, unfined, unfiltered, minimal SO2, 10.5% ABV
Winemakers: Andreas & Martin NittnausThe Nittnaus family has been making wine in the Neusiedlersee area of Austria since 1684, but only since 2014 have they ventured into the realm of natural wine. This new project came at the request of sons Andreas and Martin who had a clear focus – utilize the top rate raw materials they had on hand to produce an unadulterated version of their terroir. In 2007, they converted all of the vines to biodynamic farming and currently only 15% are being used to their ‘Andreas and Martin’ label. Zweigelt, a favorite of Martin’s, is a cross between Saint Laurent and Blaufrankisch that was created in Austria in 1922. It is the widest planted red grape in Austria but it excels in the warm, humid climate of Neusiedlersee. Martin and his dad, Hans, happen to be big music fans and they compare Zweigelt to the Beatles album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’– not too avant garde, with a little something for everyone. We couldn’t agree more - there’s a dark, spicy side of this wine, which is inky and purple in color, balanced by bright cherry berry flavors. The tannins are tingly, balanced by soft juicy fruit. And at only 10.5% alcohol, it’s super fresh and all-day drinkable. Bonus: it’s affordable enough to stock as your house red. Serve chilled, 30 minutes or so in the fridge.