Gesellmann Opus Eximium 2018

Type: Red
Country: Austria
Region: Burgenland
Grape Variety: Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt, St. Laurent
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Ratings: 94 Falstaff

Climate: Hot, continental Pannonian climate
Terroir: Vines grow on silt and clay soil
Winemaking: The grapes were harvested by hand. The harvest for the cuvée started at the beginning of September with St. Laurent, followed by Zweigelt, and ended with Blaufränkisch at the beginning of October. The weather conditions were perfect. Each grape variety was vinified separately. The traditional mash fermentation took place in steel tanks, with the mash hat being submerged 2-4 times a day. The malolactic fermentation took place in oak barrels. The wines matured in small oak barrels for 16 months, after the marriage to the cuvée, the wine matured in large wooden barrels for 2 months

Color: Dark ruby garnet with violet accents
Nose: Fine herbal spice, heart cherries and blackberries on the nose
Palate: Fine minerality on the palate. Nougat notes, herbal spice and well-integrated tannins accompany the palate

About the Winery:
The estate was first mentioned in 1767, but it attained its peak when Engelbert Gesellmann planted international varieties in the mid-1980s and experimented with ageing in barrique casks and wooden casks.

With 28 hectares of vineyards on loamy, gravelly hills Weingut Gesellmann is small enough to keep every single grape under control. And big enough not to be forced to use every one of them. The luxury of selection is the fundamental basis for the best wines. In some of the vineyards, selection takes care of itself, since the vines are over eighty years old and produce only minimal yield. 90% of the vineyards are reserved for blue grapes.