2019 Zahel "Orange T" Orangetraube, Vienna, Austria (750ml)

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Orangetraube is a rare golden yellow and aromatic white grape variety that is most often found in Austrian field blends. The grapes' skin takes on a slightly orange tint when fully ripe, hence the name Orangetraube, which literally translates to "Orange Grape." Orangetraube was originally selected from wild vines by the influential German viticulturist Johann Phillip Bronner in 1840. Since it's recognition in the "Lexicon der Rebsorten" (Lexicon of Grape Varietals) by August Wilhem von Babo in 1954, it's been cultivated in Germany and Austria, though most entirely as part of a field blend and rarely as a single-variety wine.

Zahel is the only Austrian winery that produces a wine composed of 100% Orangetraube. After being carefully harvested from 42year-old vines, the grapes were fermented and aged completely in stainless steel.

The Orange “T” presents juicy and refreshing underripe peach and apricot stone fruit, with a subtle minerality. The wine's fine acidity is well-balanced and beautifully delicate.

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