Haidviertel located in Stetten on heavy clay soil consisting of a rocky subsoil. The Haidviertel, which means "heathland-quarter” is the first hill up from the flat land leading to the Danube and it sits at the same latitude as Burgundy. As such it absorbs the Danube fog which helps to get elegance and finesse into the wine. The vines in this vineyard are approximately 23 years old.
|Wine maker notes
|The grapes are hand harvested by a small, well trained team by the middle of October. The grapes are destemmed and the must stands 4 hours before pressing by pneumatic press with low pressure. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks with automatic temperature-control at 18°C. The wine is stored for 5 months in stainless-steel tanks before it is bottled.
|This elegant, fresh wine is best served with roast pork, light fish, salads and vegetarian dishes.
|Roman Pfaffl is often thought of as "Mister Veltliner". While it is true he has made a specialty out of this grape, it would not be fair to forget his other wines, such as his peerless Riesling, his Sauvignon Blanc and his red Cuvée Excellent.
The Pfaffl winery specializes in dry white wines, which account for some 70% of the overall production. The proportion of red wines, though, is rising.
Roman Pfaffl was one of the first Weinviertel producers to recognize the potential of the Grüner Veltliner grape, which he continues to vinify with great passion. His success is also evident in the range of Pfaffl wines, which includes several single-vineyard Veltliners, each one bespeaking eloquently the terroir of its origin.
Riesling and Pinot Blanc are two further varieties Pfaffl has elevated from traditional wines into something altogether more interesting. Here, special care in the vineyard and cellar are rewarded with wonderful fruit and good body in the wines. Among the varietals Pfaffl helped to pioneer in the region are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, which are ideally suited to the conditions of the region.
Among the red varietals, Pfaffl concentrates on Blauer Zweigelt and Cabernet Sauvignon. Some of the Zweigelt grapes are vinified individually, giving them the opportunity to show their velvety cherry fruit. Together with the sturdier structure of the Cabernet, they form the cuvée Excellent.