Saturday, March 12, 2011

Preisinger's Prize Pinot

Herr Preisinger is a REDWINE man with 80% of production dedicated to the colour. He is 30 years old..and having spent time in Italy & California he was then Assistant Winemaker for 3 years at the property of his neighbour Hans Nitthaus. The vineyards are completely biodynamic and much of Claus’ compost is supplied by his father’s horse farm. He has vineyards on 44 parcels of land, totalling 14 hectares. He’s young, energetic, and very much terroir-driven. His approach is natural, straightforward, low-tech, and biodynamic. “I take whatever the grapes bring,” he says, “and then I try to put that right in the bottle.”

Claus Preisinger Pinot Noir 2008 Neusiedlerland, Austria
According to Claus Preisinger...this was a difficult year with the weather playing tricks. Too early to drink maybe?...but I was inquisitive. It spends 14 months in oak...a red fruited, forest berries juicy style. My fears not founded...this is already very drinkable. Soft texture, gentle sour cherry fruit on the palate...nice injection of acidity. All sounds like he is a softy...but this is well structured and will age well. Elegant label to boot!
Points 17.25

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