Sepp Moser Burgenland Zweigelt "Classic Style" 2017
Region: Neusiedlersee, Burgenland, Austria
Sepp Moser's 2017 Zweiglet is a single-vineyard, hand-harvested nod to traditional Austrian finesse. Apetlon Estate Vineyard is situated in the Neusiedlersee region, less than 1 km away from the Hungarian border. The summers in this region are very hot and dry, while the soil is a striated combination of rich humous and gravel. Nickolaus takes a minimalistic approach to his winemaking, using no sulfur during harvest or pressing, nor any "modern" winemaking additions such as enzymes, fining agents (with the exception of bentonite clay), concentrated musts, or commercial yeast. The lowest level possible of sulfur is added upon bottling to ensure stability.
The Moser estate lineage stretches back to the time of the Benedictine monks. In 1142, an ancestor of the Moser family acted as administrator over the vineyards and cellars owned by the monks of Ebersdorf. Upon the abolition of serfdom in 1849, Anton Moser established his own winery upon the very same grounds. Eventually, this land would pass to Sepp Moser, founder of Sepp Moser winery in 1987. In 2000, Sepp's son, Nickolaus, would take on the winery, implementing modern technological improvements in the wine works, and achieving Biodynamic certification for the entirety of their production. It would not be until 2009 that the Sepp Moser wines as we know them today would reach the market.