Brundlmayer Zweigelt Rosé Kamptal 2019

Tasting Note
This bright and peppery Austrian rosé is loaded with flavors of cranberries, white pepper, and tart lemon juice. Savory and acid-driven, this rosé is perfect for serving with snacks or sipping solo all summer long. 

Why We Love This Rosé
Austria may not be the first place that comes to mind when drinking pink is on the brain, though we’re here to change that. Many of the country’s rosés are produced from Zweigelt, a native red grape that’s quite similar in style to Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Pineau d’Aunis.  

Region/Appellation - Kamptal DAC
Kamptal is located 35 minutes northwest of Vienna and is marked by steep hills, terraced vineyards, and sunny days. The appellation received its official designation in 2008. There are 18 Erste Lage (Austria’s version of Grand Cru) within the region. Kamptal’s vineyards are mostly south-facing, terraced, and located along the Kamp River. The region is marked by drastic diurnal temperature swings (warm days and chilly nights), which help preserve natural acidity in fruit. Only dry wines are permitted to be produced in Kamptal.  

About the Winemaker
A good percentage of his vines boast impressive ages of 50+ years or more, and botrytis is never permitted within the vineyard. Fruit is never destemmed and clusters are handled as minimally as possible in the cellar.  

Serving Situation
This crunchy, acid-driven rosé is perfect for sipping alongside grilled shrimp, smoked fish, or copious amounts of soft cheese. (Popping solo poolside also proves for a highly thirst-quenching experience.)