Ponzichter 2018 — Pinot Noir & Zweigelt
A Wine That
is a beautiful symbiosis of Pinot Noir and Zweigelt grapes - the kind of red wine Franz’s grandparents and friends would drink on a communal family dinner table back in the day - sitting amongst the vines and enjoying life. This is a fun, and wonderfully joyful table wine - in the best sense. Ponzichter is the old nickname for German speaking winemakers in West Hungary (the old name for Burgenland) who would plant beans between the vines and as such where nicknamed 'BeanGrowers' by their fellow Hungarian companions. Back to The Future — Franz Weninger style.
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- Winemaker: Franz Weninger
Where and How?
This is biodynamically farmed Pinot Noir and Zweigelt from Horitschon / Mittelburgenland (Austria) and Balf / Sopron (Hungary), on gneiss and loam soils.
The wine was fermented naturally, with some whole berries included in the ferment to introduce just a touch of carbonic fermentation. The wine was aged for 18 months in 40-year-old oak casks. Bottled unfined, unfiltered and with just a tiny touch of sulphur.
Franz is a winemaker who follows his nose. His winemaking and farming methods are modified and adapted every year and evolve continuously, in tandem with the development of his thoughts and mindset. He emphasises that the end to his agricultural and vinous education is nowhere in sight. This is part of what Franz loves about winemaking: the cultural journey.
Some notions, however, stay the same for him. Firstly, he has defended the indigenous grape varieties of Austria and Hungary since he took over the family estate in the late 90s. He believes that he should champion his local heritage, and that this is the way to build a bridge from the past to the future. Secondly, in the face of global warming, he believes the answer - and the solution - lies in farming.