2017-C Huber Zweigelt Rosé, Austria (750ml)

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The Huber Family has winemaking roots that date back over 220 years. Located in the recently recognized wine appellation of Traisental, in the Reichersdorf region just outside of Vienna, the estate is managed by owner and winemaker, Markus Huber of the tenth generation. Markus studied viniculture and oenology in Klosterneuburg and spent time working harvests in South Africa and Austria, where he worked alongside the reputable Willi Bründlmayer in Kamptal. When Markus returned back home, he was able to gradually expand his family’s small, humble winery into a thriving and internationally recognized, 99 acre estate. Markus farms Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, Zweigelt, Sauvignon Blanc and Gelber Muskateller; his grapes benefit from mineral-rich limestone soils which virtually challenge the vines to work their roots down into the rocks, thereby imparting a highly individual profile to the wines including a full body and firm structure. In addition to excellent soils, the climate in Traisental offers extreme diurnal temperature shifts as breezes drifting down from the nearby Alps meet with warm air currents coming from the Donau valley. This makes for a longer ripening season and helps to preserve the fresh vibrancy in Markus’ wines while also imparting complex aromatics. Among many awards at home and abroad, Markus Huber was elected Austria’s ‘Falstaff Winemaker of the Year’ in 2015, and this delightfully pristine, elegant and mineral-driven rosé demonstrates his impressive skill in the vineyard and cellar.  


If you have yet to taste a rosé made from the Zweigelt grape, you would be hard-pressed to find a better introduction than this! Aromas are chalky and mineral-driven but also showcase notes of cranberry, bing cherry, blood orange blossom and white pepper. Not lacking in complexity, the medium-bodied palate unveils an unctuous and almost oily texture accentuated by a vibrant, mouth-puckering acidity. Flavors turn a bit brighter on the palate and hint at tart cherry, rhubarb and green strawberry. The finish, which seems to go on for days, circles back with more of that cleansing minerality and spicy white pepper note. This one can definitely stand up to some food, and would go great alongside heartier fish such as tuna, salmon or swordfish.

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