Roesler 50%, Sankt Laurent 25%, Syrah 25% PROFILE The combination of soleras shows my favorite wine style; a combination of fruit and freshness paired with structure, ripe flavor and a lot of glou-glou"- Johannes Zillinger. This wine has a ton of bright notes, is quite complex, and very refreshing. No flabby, uninteresting rose here. Lots of cranberry, strawberry-lemonade, and sour cherry flavors. It does have an herby quality on the nose, and a bit of extra texture from the Roessler being in amphorae for 4 months before being direct pressed.
GRAPE GROWING The grapes are grown bio-dynamically and on the same hill, but with differing aspects, elevation, and exposure. The St. Laurent comes from the Steinthal vineyard plot at the top of the hill. The Syrah comes from the eastern face of the slope about midway up the hill. The vines are about 30 years old and produce fruit that so far Johannes only uses in this bottling. The Roesler comes from a southern facing slope, and from the bottom of the hill. This is a hybrid grape specifically resistant to frost and mold, thus being a good candidate for the base of this wine. The resistance to vineyard pressures virtually guarantees there is a base for the solera to be blended with every year. All of the grapes are hand-harvested separately, starting with the St. Laurent, then Roesler, then Syrah.
WINEMAKING The production of this wine actually started over three years ago. The first solera (of St. Laurent) started with a bit of 2016 NUMEN Rose. It was then combined with some of the 2017 & 2018 vintages of NUMEN as well as a bit of fresh 2019 St. Laurent juice as well. In the case of the Syrah, the solera was started in 2017 and has two vintages of rose so far. The 2019 Syrah was short-macerated for just a few hours to extract color, then pressed. The two soleras are kept in stainless steel tanks to preserve freshness and structure. The Roesler is fresh each year and goes into qvevri (Georgian amphorae) after being direct pressed, so almost no contact with skins. The "blanc des noirs" juice then ages in qvevri for a total of 5 months. After this, the resulting wine is blended with the soleras, never filtered, never sulfured, and finally bottled. (Bottled on March 1, 2020)
MORE ABOUT THE WINE The St. Laurent vines used to make this wine are the oldest continuously producing in Austria. The Steinthal vineyard was planted in 1909/1910. The same vines are used to produce the NUMEN Rose. The still bottling of St. Laurent was eliminated in 2018 to produce this wine. Because of the grape's susceptibility to botrytis and its later ripening life cycle, Johannes felt it would be safer to harvest the grape early and turn it into rose.