There is almost nothing worse for the vine than the infamous waterlogging in shallow vineyards. And although the Heideboden is a vast shallow site stretching towards Lake Neusiedl, its sandy, gravely soils which are permeable to water prevent this from being the case.
The big advantage of the Heideboden is its consistency. No matter how bad the vintage, how horrible the climatic conditions, it produces every year very good to excellent wines. That is why we started with our first Heideboden in 1994. A full-bodied red which can be drunk easily as well as cellared for a couple of years. Its basis is Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch, rounded off with a little bit of Merlot. It is aged in small, used barrels and makes a lot of fun to drink. Uncomplicated and straight-forward.
White wine in the Heideboden has been made even longer, and because we are committed traditionalists we also produce a Heideboden white from the old indigenous grape of Pinot Blanc as well as Chardonnay.
Der Heideboden Rot 2008 setzt sich aus Zweigelt (60 %), Blaufränkisch (30%), Merlot (5%) und St. Laurent (5%) zusammen. Gewachsen sind seine vollreifen Trauben an 5 bis 30-jährigen Reben in den ebenen, warmen Lagen nahe dem Neusiedler See. Dank dem schöne Finale im August und September 2008 ist er schön fruchtig und würzig bei 12,5 % Vol. Alk. mit 5,5 g/l Säure und 1,0 g/l Restzucker. Er wurde in temperaturgesteuerten Edelstahltanks vergoren, 14 Monate im kleinen Holzfass ausgebaut und im Februar 2010 abgefüllt. Er ist von dunklem Rubinrot, weist ein fruchtig-würziges Bouquet auf, vollmundig am Gaumen mit geschmeidiger Textur und feinen Tanninen im Abgang. Mit 16 bis 18 °C Trinktemperatur ist er eine herrlicher Begleiter von Lamm, Wild und Rind. Bei guter Lagerung sollte er noch mindestens 6 bis 8 Jahre Vergnügen bereiten.
The Heideboden red 2007 is a blend of 55% Zweigelt, 40% Blaufränkisch and 5% Merlot, coming from up to 30-year-old vines of different vineyards of the Heideboden area. Typical for the exceptional 2007 vintage, it is fruity and spicy. 12.5 % alcohol, 5.6g/l acidity and 2.2 g/l residual sugar.
It was fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel, aged 14 months in small oak and bottled in June 2009. It bears a dark red color, fruity-spicy bouquet, on the palate full-bodied and smooth with refined tannins on the finish. It is a perfect match with lamb, game and beef, with aging potential up to 8 years.
The Heideboden white 2009 is a 100% Pinot Blanc from the Kellern vineyard of the Heideboden area. Thanks to ideally warm weather in August, the grapes could ripen ver well, and it shows a nicly bodied, fruit touch, at 12.5% alcohol, 55.6 g/l acidity, and 3.1 g/l residual sugar.
It was hand-picked in September 2009, fermented spontaneously, aged in 1.200 liter barrels and bottled in April 2010. It shows a complex , fine fruit, beautiful floral notes, tight and fruity on the finish. Great with fish, poultry and meat, it has potential for up to 10 years.
The Heideboden white 2008 is a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Blanc from the Kellern vineyard of the Heideboden area. Thanks to the great ripeness of 2008, it is full-bodied and fruity, with 12.5% alcohol, 6.3 g/l acidity and 4.9 g/l residual sugar.
It was hand-picked in September 2008, fermented spontaneously, aged in 1.200 liter barrels and bottled in August 2009. It shows a complex , fine fruit, beautiful floral notes, tight and fruity on the finish. Great with fish, poultry and meat, it has potential for more than 8 years.