An Austrian Surprise
Shane brought over a fantastic bottle of wine this weekend which he purchased a year ago during a trip to Austria. His bottle of 2012 Winkler-Hermaden, Olivin is a recent vintage in the 25 year history of the Olivin cuvee. The original idea was to create an outstanding, pure Zweigelt wine during a time when it was seen as only capable of simplicity. The cuvee has been tweaked over the years but of particular interest is that it is aged in oak sourced from the Kapfenstein forest which surrounds the vineyards.
The wine itself is surprisingly deep in flavor and though there is an inky nature, the minerality and tautness keep the wine on edge. With a tilt towards the modern, this bottle is drinking very well right now.
2012 Winkler-Hermaden, Olivin
This wine is 100% Zweigelt that was aged for 18 months in local oak. Alcohol 14%. It is clear this is a deep, mineral, blue-black wine from the very first sip. The flavors are taut mixing pure fruit with spices. It is attractively inky with a persistent leather note. **** Now – 2019.