2022 Strohmeier Roter Frizzante, Steiermark, Austria

2022 Strohmeier Roter Frizzante, Steiermark, Austria


Grapes: Zweigelt

Vineyard: Lestein. Steep slope with loamy Opok soil close to Franz’s house, minimally pruned.

Making of: the grapes are manually harvested and destemmed. Part of them ferments as whole berries, part is crushed and macerated on skins until the fermentation starts. Soft press, spontaneous fermentation in steel tank and wooden barrel for 6 months, spontaneous malolactic fermentation. Yeast and sugar addition for the second fermentation in bottles. Unfined, unfiltered, undisgorged, no SO2 added.

Personality: utterly delicious! Light dry red with a gentle fizz and heaps of red fruit and spicy undertones. Impossible to put down until the bottle is empty (and then you wish it was a magnum). Serve well chilled in big glasses for sparkling wine.