Gabernik 23 Zweigelt 2020
$ 41.00 incl. GST
A spritely iteration of this Austrian variety, grown in the marl soils of Ritoznoj. Full of flavour but low in the alcohol and weight, ideologically this drinks like a combination of Nebbiolo, Gamay and Pinot Noir. Violets and red florals lead over an impression of tar aromatics and flavours. The palate is full of black fruits and cherries, mountain herbs, and a brush of salinity. Easy to drink and takes a light chill well.
“I’ve dug these wines from this journeyman winemaker in Slovenia. Here’s a zweigelt, styled au naturale, for your drinking pleasure. Gabernik sounds like the name of a dog sent to space.
“Chalky and sappy, sour cherry orientated with some game meat notes, fennel, roast capsicum, paprika, doing a lot here and feeling mighty original. Has nice, slurpy texture, a little herbal tang builds to a significant piquancy to finish, but feels decent in the mode of the wine. Savoury red, but fresh too. It’s got a vibe.” 91 points, Mike Bennie, Winefront