A 2017 Zweigelt for us this evening, from a Wagram producer I really respect – Ecker Eckhof:
I know Zweigelt is often cited as a good summer wine (especially lightly chilled) – which is definitely the case, but I find it just as wholesome and apt for a nice autumnal evening. Maybe it’s the slight forest floor whiff, bringing to mind brisk walks in the fresh autumn air?
In any case, this one got lovely dark berry nose as well as damson, with a twist of pepper and maybe even a bit of freshly turned soil. The palate is robust yet fresh at the same time, and the berry fruit intermingles with spice, and a floral note in the background too. There’s a lovely liquorice twist on the finish. Soft, slightly chalky tannins frame this all rather nicely all very well knit together!
A pleasurable mid-week tipple, and hopefully should go nicely with a Chicken Basque.