Written By Treve Ring Libations / Red Wine Sep 2, 2010 Weingut Claus Preisinger Basic SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestGols, Neusiedlersee, Burgenland, Austria $22-26Claus Preisinger is one of Austria’s hottest winemakers. Youthful, driven, modern, consciousness and innovative – his aim is to create that typify terroir. His vineyards are completely biodynamic, and his focused portfolio is centered around the Zweigelt grape. Preisinger is part of a small Gols based group of winemakers called Pannobile – formed to honour indigenous grape varietals. Together the group makes wines as a cooperative under the Pannobile name to preserve the unique character of their region.This wine, however, is pure Claus. The red’s appeal starts with the label. Striking in its stylized simplicity (line the labels up threefold and you’ll see Claus’ signature), the modern packaging is in contrast to the wine’s old-world roots. Nettle and manure enrich the soil and well-worn barrels preserve the fruit character. According to Claus, “I take whatever the grapes bring, and then I try to put that right into the bottle – pure, low-tech, instinctive, completely natural.”Not so Basic. Here a blend of Pinot Noir cousins Zweigelt & St. Laurent come together like close family in this fresh, lively and light red. Mildly perfumed cranberry, salted plum, and young blackberry on the nose, the juicy palate has flavours of earth, bright cherry and spiced tea notes. Soft tannins and a beauty balance make this great with or without food. We enjoyed it over Margherita Pizzeria Primastrada (extra arugula please!) or would be a natural with wild salmon.If you can’t find Basic (check www.farmsteadwines.com for leads) look for other Claus Preisinger bottles on this market including the red Heideboden (Zweigelt, Blaufrankisch, St. Laurent, Merlot) and white Heideboden (Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay) and his Zweigelt Pannobile (Zweigelt and Blaufrankisch).Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean) AustriaRed WineWine Reviews SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Comments are closed.