A black heart with a good soul. This wine is packed with well-textured concentration and fleshy spice that must first be unleashed. It demands attentiveness, air, patience and a large glass before revealing its true nature. Dark-berried fragrance beguiles the senses, evolves and turns the 2015 Salzberg into a deep, unfathomable mine in which numerous treasures are discovered. In tense balance, it appears broad-shouldered and powerful with a strong spine of acid and an impressive, firm tannin fist in a velvet glove. It knows its strengths well, yet feels no need to put them ostentatiously on display. Majestic dignity has only a positive and long-term existence when the power exercised is in consonance with a healthy self-assessment and deeply rooted groundedness.
“The 2015 Salzberg displays a dark, violet color and an intense, toasty, perfectly ripe and elegant nose of dark cherries, berries, cassis liquor and chocolate. It is very polished and with lots of top-class Merlot features on the nose. On the palate, this is a densely concentrated and fruity red with fine tannins, good freshness and noble oak flavors.”- Stephan Reinhardt, Robert Parker
Robert Parker: 93 points, Falstaff Magazine: 96 points, A la Carte: 95 points
Very Limited: 18 bottles imported
Salzberg is the name of one of the oldest and best vineyard slopes in Gols, which faces southwest and is dominated by red gravel from the ice age mixed with fine-grained sandy-loam sediment. We take advantage of this soil versatility with the varieties Blaufränkisch (50%) and Merlot (50%).
Handpicked mid-October, spontaneous fermentation, three weeks maceration on the skins in wooden fermentation vats, gentle basket press, 30 months maturation in 500-litre oak barrels.
Residual Sugar: 1 g/l
Acidity: 5.5 g/l