Whether or not you approve of the name, this is an impressive zweigelt, its dark cherry and raspberry flavors gaining complexity from hints of game and wood smoke. The contrast between juicy fruitiness and edgier, earthier components creates vibrant tension.
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Dot, The by R&A Pfaffl
Grape Varieties100% Zweigelt
DescriptionThe result of an Austrian market filled with clutter and confusion, The Dot, created by winemaker Roman Pfaffl Jr., was introduced in 2008 to provide a clear message: Austrian wine is simple and delicious. The Dot is wholly supported by the team at Pfaffl Winery, who received a nomination for European Winery of the Year (2016) from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. This innovative, young and smart brand is a sensation on the Austrian and international wine market with focus on Gruner Veltliner, Zweigelt and St. Laurent -- the most important varieties of Lower Austria. The Dot consists of high quality, approachable, food-friendly wine combined with inventive packaging that calls out the primary fruit aroma and flavor in the wine.
VinificationGrapes are de-stemmed. Must is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for 26 days with pumping over. 30% of the wine is matured in used barrels and 70% in stainless steel tanks for six months before bottling.
ColorDeep ruby red
NosePronounced fresh cherry and sour cherry aromas with spice notes
PalateRound and juicy on the palate, with flavors of dark cherry and spice against a backdrop of soft tannins
AnalysisAlcohol: 12.5 %RS: 1.3 g/lTA: 5.4 g/l
Serving SuggestionsWonderful with steak and burgers thanks to its concentration of fruit flavors, and versatile enough to pair with pasta dishes and pizza.