2022-C Muller Zweigelt Rose, Niederosterreich, Austria (750ml)
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A Seasonal Rosé Wine Club Selection
This winery is located in the southern part of Austria’s Kremstal wine region in the picturesque village of Krustetten. The estate was first mentioned in the archive of nearby Göttweig Abbey as early as 1270 A.D. as a Lesehof—or wine press house, and has been run as a family business by the Müller family since 1936 when the grandfather, Leopold Müller acquired a small vineyard in Krustetten and made the first Müller wines. Today, the fourth generation of Müllers, Stefan and Leopold, are managing the estate, which is now comprised 120 hectares of prime vineyards. Stefan works as the vineyard manager and Leopold as the winemaker and sales manager; their philosophy is simple: to produce wine in harmony with nature. The basis of this philosophy begins in the sustainable cultivation of the vineyards, which includes long-term greening and slope maintenance to achieve a steady growth of beneficial organisms and increased soil recovery.
They have a cellar that is built into the hillside on three floors. This allows them to use gravity flow to move the wine around the cellar, and naturally regulate the temperature of the wine while it ages in the barrels underground. Müller also uses their own spring water for all the work in the wine cellar, incorporating minimalist intervention practices during vinification.
100% Zweigelt, harvested in mid-October. The grapes were destemmed and crushed; after several hours, the must was pressed. Fermentation followed in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine was racked and filtered before being bottled.
Pale copper. The nose shows a medley of red berries, citrus and tropical fruit. The palate offers tart flavors of strawberry, watermelon, candied rhubarb and a whisper of white pepper. Light, refreshing and juicy all the way through the finish.