Many years ago, the Schillerberg rosé was the first Austrian rosé that gave me the feeling that this style of wine could also produce more than just banal summer wines in Central Europe. In the meantime, a few more rosés have been added, but Jörg Bretz's Schillerberg continues to reside firmly in the Olympus of the best.
There are a few reasons for this: Firstly, Jörg regards his rosé as an equal among all other wines, which means that it receives the same attention in the vineyard and in the cellar as the white and red wines.
Jörg has always used Blaufränkisch & Pinot Noir grapes, which he considers perfectly suited for his rosé; he picks them relatively late and vinifies them as a proper wine should be: after a short maceration period, he presses the grapes, ferments them spontaneously and without any fermentation aids and then transfers the wine to used wooden barrels for several years (which would gradually kill the wine if the primary material was not suitable).
A rosé with a difference. Subtle from the nose to the palate. Fine berry notes lead the way, followed by a few herbs. Complex and multi-layered, substantial and deep. Acidity and tannins are present but unobtrusive companions, the texture is juicy and dense, the body elegant and full-bodied.
Grape variety: Blaufränkisch & Pinot Noir
Harvest: By hand
Fermentation: spontaneous | wild yeasts
Ageing: several years in large wooden barrels, then several years in the bottle
SO₂: < 50mg/l
Alcohol content: 12.5%
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking temperature: 12°C
Perfect drinking maturity: from now - 2028
Bottle format: 0.75 litres
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