Falstaff Wineguide Austria/South Tyrol 2021/22

Falstaff Wineguide Austria/South Tyrol 2021/22

The Grassl winery is relatively small with 27 hectares of fine and manageable land. The Grassls are straightforward people and have a clear philosophy. Their concept: Focus on red wines, have a clear range, purist appearance, functional cellar, no-nonsense labels, no fashionable wines. What counts most is the quality.

The Grassl house produces "authentic wines that reflect their relationship to the soil" in the best sense of the term, but on an international quality level: the local varieties Zweigelt and St. Laurent are the most important, and they also make up at least 50 percent of the varieties in all cuvees. Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah are used to bring out the the best in the Zweigelt. Instead of the 3,500 vines as in the past, there are now 5,000 to 6,500 vines per hectare in the vineyards. In the cellar, the work is clean and precise, there is hardly any filtering and the grapes are treated as gently as possible in order to get their high quality into the bottle. White wines and classic red wines are fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks or in large wooden barrels. The premium red wines are fermented in wooden fermentation barrels - partly with the natural yeasts from the vineyard - and the must is submerged by hand. The premium red wines, the cuvées "Bärnreiser" and "Neuberg", as well as the St. Laurent are aged in French barriques. The majority of the barrels are renewed annually to support the dark fruit aromas through the structure of the wood. The wood note is not overemphasized, but complements and refines the ageing process until bottling.

80 percent of the production is made up of red wines, half of which are made from the main variety Zweigelt. Pinot Noir and St. Laurent, a tradition and speciality of the winery, account for 25 percent. The remaining 25 percent is distributed among Blaufränkisch, Merlot and other international grape varieties.

Philipp Grassl was awarded "Falstaff Winemaker of the Year" in 2018, and he has also been on the winner's stage at the Falstaff red wine awards time and time again. Last Autumn, he was finally right at the top!

DETAILS

  • Contact Person: Philipp Grassl
  • Exhibitions
  • Winemaker: Philipp Grassl
  • Tasting room
  • Cellar Door Sales
  • Production Style: In Transition
  • Cultivation Area in Hectares: 27

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