Umathum Burgenland Rosé "Rosa" 2021

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Josef "Pepi" Umathum is one of Austria's best-known producers. In the Burgenland growing district called Neusiedlersee (Lake Neusiedl), he counts as one of the great champions of the traditional Austrian grape varieties: Zweigelt, St Laurent and Blaufränkisch account for 85% of his plantations, while Welschriesling, Roter Traminer, extremely rare Gelber Traminer, and the unusual ancient Lindenblättriger round them out.

Umathum farms sixty hectares, mostly in the Seewinkel community of Frauenkirchen, but also across the lake in Jois. His vineyards exhibit varied soils —limestone, loam, slate and silicates—which are planted to the most appropriate varieties.

Umathum has embraced the intricacies and harmonies of biodynamic viticulture, and for most of his wines— all hand-harvested— prefers to use large barrels of native Austrian oak, which underscores the clear fruit aromatics of the wines. Some of the high-toned single vineyard bottlings are matured in smaller oak barrels and barriques, and are first released three years after the vintage. Years of experience drinking Burgenland reds have taught us that Pepi Umathum's entry-level Zweigelt is second to none.

This is a serious rose from Austria's three main varieties Blaufrankisch, Sankt Laurent and Zweigelt. Mature vines (up to 45 years old) grown on gravel and schist soils in the villages of Frauenkirchen and Jois. Biodynamically farmed, hand harvested and minimal intervention in the cellar are signatures of Umathum, a solar powered winery that mixes traditional craft and modern philosophy. This saignee is aged in stainless steel tank accentuating the Rosa's wonderful raspberry and cherry fruit characteristics. Not only is this wine perfect for summertime sipping but it also ages beautifully making it a perfect fall food pairing option. Brilliant raspberry color, aromatic morello cherries and red currants, spicy, fine and smooth with a long finish.

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