Claus Preisinger Pinot Noir, Burgenland, Austria 2017

Claus Preisinger Pinot Noir, Burgenland, Austria 2017

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Style: Red Wine 

Vintage: 2017

ABV: 11.5%

Country:  Austria

Region: Burgenland

Appellation: Neusiedlersee

Vineyard: Parndorf Plain

Age of Vines: 12- 37 years

Varietals: Pinot Noir 

Pairings: Such a versatile varietal Pinot Noir pairs nicely with poultry like roasted chicken served with rice pilaf and sautéed celery with garlic and sliced ginger.  Other proteins like pork chops with a dijon mustard cream sauce over steamed rice is a nice idea. I like to focus on the protein first when considering a pairing and the sides are more supplemental.  Don't over think it wine is designed to go with food easily. 

Producer Profile: A surfer at heart, Claus Preisinger has been making wine on the north shore of Lake Neusiedl in the Burgenland town of Gols since 2002. He converted the vineyards and winery to biodynamic production in 2006, and is Respekt Biodyn certified. Claus vinifies mostly domestic grape varieties such as Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt, Grüner Veltliner and St. Laurent,  supplemented by Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc from both the west and east sides of Lake Neusiedl. Claus does not use any cultivated yeast, and only very slight or no dosing of sulphur dioxide. He ages many of his wines in amphora rather than wooden barrels, which he views as a conscious step back, a reduction to the essential - the grape and the soil. Reduction, minimalism and a free spirit are the guiding themes of Claus Preisinger.