Johannes Zillinger | Biodynamic estate winery in the south-east of the Weinviertel region in Austria. The business has been run by Johannes Zillinger since 2012, when he took over from his father.

Background | The estate was founded in 1673 by David Zillinger, it is still owned by the same family.

Vineyards | The vineyard area totals 20 hectares, with holdings in the following sites: Haidthal, Kellerberg, Lissen and Sonnberg. 60% of the area is planted with the following white varieties: Grüner Veltliner, Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Riesling, Welschriesling, Chardonnay (Morillon), Traminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Gelber Muskateller. Also Scheurebe (Sämling 88), Rivaner (Müller-Thurgau), I think. The remaining 40% is planted with the following red varieties: (Blauer) Zweigelt, St. Laurent, Blauburger and Cabernet Sauvignon. Also Roesler and Merlot, I think. Experiments are under way with some disease-resistant varieties or PIWIs.

Biodynamic certification | 1980 Johann Zillinger went organic in 1980. | 2013 Demeter conversion begins. | 2014 Full Demeter certification for the first time.

Winemaking | Whites ferment mainly in stainless steel tanks. The best white Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay wines age in large oak barrels.

Sparkling wines

Frizzante, Sämling | Made from the Sämling 88 grape.

Sekt, Welschriesling

White wines

Grüner Veltliner, K2 | Weinviertel DAC Unfiltered.

Grüner Veltliner Kellerberg, Weinviertel DAC | Grüner Veltliner

Grüner Veltliner, Numen

Grüner Veltliner, Reflexion Lage Kellerberg / 2013 Grüner Veltliner. 12.5%. 2.5g/l RS. Nice spritz, clean, modern savoury, well made and creamy, lift, ripe peach but not overblown (Millésime Bio 2015).

Grüner Veltline, Velue | 2017 Grüner Veltliner 11% alcohol. Part-fermented in amphora for texture, the aim with this wine being to make it light but not thin. Lovely salty fluidity (Demeter Austria tasting 2018).

Muskateller, Numen | 2016 No added sulfites. Made like the Numen 2016 Fumé Blanc. Slightly coudy, musky, saline (Demeter Austria tasting 2018).

REVOLUTION NV | A solera wine from more than one vintage to make a consistent style with each bottling of it. NV (2013 and 2014) Blended from Chardonnay, Scheurebe and Riesling. Fluid, soft, bright, very goodat the Demeter Austria tasting 2018.

RIESLING, HAIDTHAL

RIESLING, NUMEN / 2012 5 days on skins. Amphora-aged. Cool pineapple, grapefruit style at Millésime Bio Feb 2015.

SAUVIGNON BLANC, LISSEN

(SAUVIGNON BLANC) FUME BLANC, NUMEN / 2016 Hilltop site on limestone. Sauvignon Blanc. Destemmed but not crushed. 100% fermented in amphora and acacia oak. Very slow ferment. Very salty green fruit, very very good at the Demeter Austria tasting 2018.

WEISSBURGUNDER, REFLEXION LAGE HOHES ECK / Pinot Blanc from a plot called ‘High Corner’. / 2013 3.5g/l RS. Higher RS compared to the GV as this grape has more acid. Quite spicey at Millésime Bio Jan 2015.

WEISSBURGUNDER 2006 / Auslese. / 2008 Beerenauslese.

WEISSBURGUNDER, SONNBERG ‘Sunny Hill.’

WELSCHRIESLING / 2008 Ausbruch. / 2008 Eiswein

PINK WINES

CABERNET, VELUE  / 2017 Cabernet.

ROSÉ ST LAURENT, NUMEN / 2016 100 year old vines on limstone. Uncrushed berries are pressed, juice runs to sealed amphora. Salty, appetisizing, some reduction at the Demeter Austria tasting 2018.

RED WINES

CABERNET SAUVIGNON, STEINTHAL

REVOLUTION RED

Rotthal

St Laurent

Thal

Zweigelt

Other products | Red and white grape juice (Traubensaft), apple juice (Apfel-Traubensaft), and apple and blackberry juice (Trauben-Apfel-Holundersaft).

Contact

Bioweingut Johannes Zillinger

Landstrasse 70, A-2245 Velm-Götzendorf, Austria

Tel+43 02538.85731 | www.zillinger.at

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Demeter Austria tasting 2018, Vienna 26th February.