From Heidrom

We are happy about an outstanding result at this year’s award for Lower Austrian wines. It is hard to believe, but we were awarded a total of 19 gold medals. We proudly present our winners here:

SECCO rosé
Rosé HASEN 2020
Grüner Veltliner VOM HAUS 2020
Gemischter Satz HARMONY 2020
Gr. Veltliner Weinviertel DAC ZEISEN 2020
Gr. Veltliner Weinviertel DAC HAID 2020
GV WV DAC Reserve HUND 2020
GV WV DAC Reserve GOLDEN 2020
Muskateller SAND 2020
Grauburgunder LA VITA 2020
Weissburgunder NUSS 2020
Riesling SONNE 2020
Chardonnay EXKLUSIV 2020
St. Laurent WALD 2020
Cuvée PRIVAT 2019
St. Laurent Reserve ALTEN 2019
Zweigelt Reserve BURG 2019
Excellent Reserve 2019
Heidrom Grand Reserve 2018

Julia Harding kindly tasted our wines for These are her results:

17/20 Points Gr. Veltliner Reserve HOMMAGE 2018
Even more spicy than the Golden 2018 and the fruit riper as well: ripe pear verging on exotic fruit and still lots of spice and zesty white pepper that seems to add a stony/mineral quality to the nose. On the palate, spicy and powerful, with a slight alcoholic sensation entwined with that spiciness. Mouth-filling and with a slight but harmonious tannic grip, a more oily minerality on the finish. A big, broad wine that is more about power than finesse. A very long, warm, spicy finish, almost fiery but there’s surprising freshness too on the finish. On the second day, it had developed a nutty aftertaste that I think might come from the acacia. (JH)

17/20 Points Gr. Veltliner Reserve GOLDEN 2018
Pale, gleaming gold. Richly spiced and smells like burnished gold, metaphorically speaking. Ripe yellow fruit but peppery too. Fills the mouth with almost honeyed citrus flavour, though it tastes pretty dry, the spice joining in on the finish. Broad and textured, almost chewy, full-flavoured and just balanced by the acidity, the spice on the finish seeming to add to the freshness. Very persistent. (JH)

17/20 Points Riesling Reserve PASSION 2018
Pale gold. Rich, ripe intense aroma of lemon, clementine, yellow plum and spice. Powerful, deep and spicy on the palate, more apricot than citrus. It tastes pretty dry thanks to the fresh acidity. Already complex and yet promises more with another year or so in bottle and should age well over 5–10 years, depending on your personal taste. Full-bodied but vibrant, and very long with a lovely spicy but fresh aftertaste. (JH)

16.5 ++/20 Points Excellent Reserve 2017
16.5 +/20 Points Privat 2017
16.5/20 Points Gr. Veltliner Reserve HUND 2018
16.5/20 Points Riesling SONNE 2018
16.5/20 Points Rosé LA GRANDE 2018
16.5/20 Points Heidrom Grand Reserve 2015
16.5/20 Points St Laurent Reserve ALTEN 2017
16/20 Points Wien.1 2018
15.5/20 Points Grüner Veltliner ZEISEN 2018

‘A la Carte’ – Austrias Wine-Guide 2020 is released and with it some outstanding ratings for our wines. We were particular curious about what the jury thinks about our new wines Cuvée Privat and Rosé La Grande and we definitely were not let down. See the fantastic results here:

94 Points Grüner Veltliner HOMMAGE Weinviertel DAC Reserve 2018

93 Points Excellent Reserve 2017

93 Points Privat 2017

93 Points St. Laurent Reserve ALTEN 2017

93 Points Riesling Reserve PASSION 2018

92 Points Rosé LA GRANDE 2018

94 Points Heidrom Grand Reserve 2015

The Berliner Wein Trophy has become the world’s largest wine competition and Germany’s most important international wine tasting. For four days, 13.500 wines of 40 countries are tasted by an independent panel of experts consisting in oenologists, sommeliers, masters of wine, experienced traders, winegrowers and journalists. We are thrilled to see how our wines were rated by these experts:

8 Gold Medals:
Rosé LA GRANDE 2018
Wien.1 2018
Riesling PASSION 2018
Muskateller SAND 2018
Chardonnay Reserve VISION 2016
St. Laurent WALD 2018
Cuvée PRIVAT 2017
Heidrom Grand Reserve 2015

2 Silver Medals:
Riesling SONNE 2018
Weissburgunder NUSS 2018

After the 15 Gold medals we won at the State Wine Challenge, we are pleased about the great ratings of the Austrias reknown wine guide Falstaff. Amazing 22 wines of our current portfolio were awarded 90 and more points. Additionally we are honoured in the toplist in all 3 categories: white, red and rosé wines in the brandnew Falstaff Wine Guide. We are delighted that we could show again that we really feel good in all these categories. And here are the results:

Rosé Wines
TOPLIST: 92 Falstaff Points   Rosé LA GRANDE 2018 

White Wines
91 Falstaff Points Grüner Veltliner ZEISEN Weinviertel DAC 2018
92 Falstaff Points Grüner Veltliner HAID Weinviertel DAC 2018
93 Falstaff Points Grüner Veltliner HUND Weinviertel DAC Reserve 2018
93 Falstaff Points Grüner Veltliner GOLDEN Weinviertel DAC Reserve 2018
TOPLIST: 94 Falstaff Points Grüner Veltliner HOMMAGE Weinviertel DAC Reserve 2018
91 Falstaff Points Muskateller SAND 2018
91 Falstaff Points Sauvignon blanc TERROIR 2018
92 Falstaff Points Weissburgunder NUSS 2018
92 Falstaff Points Riesling SONNE 2018
93 Falstaff Points Riesling Reserve PASSION 2018
92 Falstaff Points ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Chardonnay EXKLUSIV 2018
93 Falstaff Points ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Chardonnay Reserve VISION 2016

Red Wines
90 Falstaff Points Zweigelt SANDSTEIN 2018
90 Falstaff Points ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​St. Laurent WALD 2018
92 Falstaff Points ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Cuvée PRIVAT 2017
91 Falstaff Points Pinot Noir Reserve 2017
92 Falstaff Points St. Laurent Reserve ALTEN 2016
92 Falstaff Points Zweigelt Reserve BURG 2016
TOPLIST: 93 Falstaff Points Excellent Reserve 2016
94 Falstaff Points Heidrom Grand Reserve 2015

91 Falstaff Points Grüner Veltliner BRUT

Right on the last day of 2015, Wine Advocate Stephan Reinhardt released his article on Grüner Veltliner & More from the Weinviertel on He starts his describtion of winemakers with “Pfaffl has always been a good producer…” and ends with “And Pfaffl again, now represented by the Roman junior; the wines have become even better than they were and several of them are damn black. Pfaffl’s Hommage is a spectacular Veltliner Reserve and the reds St. Laurents, Zweigelt or blends with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon – are amongst Austria’s finest.” We are pleased to share with you the results of the tasting:

Weinviertel DAC Reserve HOMMAGE Grüner Veltliner 2013
Golden-greenish in color, the 2013 Weinviertel DAC Reserve Hommage was fermented in 2000-liter barrels, and opens subtle and fresh but deep and complex on the nose. This is a full-bodied and rich, highly elegant and well balanced wine with a lovely freshness and vivid mineral backbone, which gives tension and aging potential. This is a powerful but remarkable, finesse full Veltliner with a promising finish. Drink now or in 15 years.

Weinviertel DAC Reserve HOMMAGE Grüner Veltliner 2014
From 54-year-old vines which were harvested late on October 10th, the 2014 Weinviertel DAC Reserve Hommage had to be fermented and aged not in the traditional 2000-liter acacia vat, but due to the low yield, in 300-liter barrels. Very intense, honey-sweet and spicy on the nose, this is a rich and full-bodied but also transparent and finesse full wine of great elegance, and provided with a vital and mineral complexity. Still influenced by oak flavors, this highly elegant Veltliner should be cellared for at least two years. The salinity in the finish is really lingering and stimulating. This wine has been launched in August, but the best you can get from it, you will get in the future.

St. Laurent ALTENBERG Reserve 2011
Nobly intense, clear and deep on the nose opens the dark purple-red 2011 St Laurent Reserve Altenberg, indicating spicy flavored and densely woven aromas of dark wild berries and super ripe dark cherries. Super elegant, precise, fresh and juicy on the palate, this full-bodied and powerful red has a silky texture and reveals a great purity and finesse. This is a lovely, sweet but dry and fleshy wine of great concentration but no overripeness at all. Highly recommended!

Weinviertel DAC Reserve GOLDJOCH Grüner Veltliner 2014
From a warm, south-facing vineyard with sandy soils over limestone, the 2014 Weinviertel DAC Reserve Goldjoch was picked late (on October 10th) and fermented spontaneously (with natural yeasts) in 2000-liter vats. The wine starts super clear, very ripe and intense on the nose, displaying some tropical fruit flavors along with invitingly coolish mineral and stony flavors. Rich and full-bodied on the palate, this is a super precise, elegant and balanced Veltliner with a long and complex, vibrant and tension-filled finish. It’s lovely to drink young and fruity, but can be aged for more than ten years. An impressive wine!

Weinviertel DAC Reserve GOLDJOCH Grüner Veltliner 2013
Golden-colored, the 2013 Weinviertel DAC Reserve Goldjoch opens with an intense fruit aroma including legumes, but is less fresh and crisp than 2014. Very rich and almost oily in its texture, this is a powerful (14.5% alcohol), concentrated, piquant and elegant wine with a firm and salty-piquant finish. Although it has the same residual sugar like 2014, it tastes more sweet. An impressive wine, and if you like it loud, this is your favorite.

Heidrom Grand Reserve 2011 (Merlot/Cab.Sauvignon)
Made from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2011 Heidrom Grand Reserve is the top red cuvée of the estate, which has made a remarkable step in producing red wines with junior Roman Josef Pfaffl. Clear, intense, fresh and polished on he nose, the Heidrom (an abbreviation of Heidi & Roman) displays super ripe and precise, highly concentrated, lovely earthy and nobly spiced dark berry and cherry aromas. On the palate, the full-bodied and nobly textured wine reveals a stunning freshness, finesse and elegance ,and develops a remarkable tension. If you like your Bordeaux from the southern part of Austria’s Weinviertel, the 2011 Heidrom Grand Reserve could be your wine.

Weinviertel DAC Reserve HUNDSLEITEN Grüner Veltliner 2014
Picked at the end of October and bottled in May 2015, the 2014 Weinviertel DAC Reserve Hundsleiten was fermented in 50% traditional oak and 50% stainless steel, and opens with a very clear and intense, lovely, precise and aromatic bouquet. Full-bodied, piquant and mineral on the palate, this is a rich, crystalline and well balanced wine with a lovely mineral and stimulatingly piquant finish. Firmly structured, the wine is stunningly precise and full of tension, but does neither lack richness nor intensity. This is a top Veltliner with a very good price.

Excellent Reserve 2012 (Zweigelt/Merlot/Cab.Sauvignon)
Made from Zweigelt, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon the purple-red 2012 Excellent Reserve opens with an intense and spicy flavored bouquet of sweet and ripe dark berries intertwined with cigar box aromas. Full-bodied, rich and very powerful on the palate, this is a big but elegant, still fresh and silky textured red blend with a long, sweet and powerful finish. The tannins are fine and everything is perfectly made, but the wine fails to fascinate me as much as the 2011 Zweigelt and the St. Laurent Reserves do. This is a more international style of wine and is very well made indeed.

Zweigelt BURGGARTEN Reserve 2012
Very dark in color and spicy flavored on the nose, the 2011 Zweigelt Reserve Burggarten opens with a warm, very intense and concentrated but lovely, pure aroma of super ripe cherries and plums along with finely grained white pepper flavors. Silky textured and highly elegant on the palate, this is a medium to full-bodied, fresh and very well made Zweigelt; it has a lovely fruit intensity, very fine tannins and an aromatic finish displaying sweet black berries and cherries, as well as also violets in the aftertaste. Excellent and worth a try.

The Austrian Red Wine Guide 2015 from WIRT & WINZER shows our place as a top red wine-maker:

Our Heidrom Grand Reserve 2009 gets the highest possible tating with 5 of 5 glasses. And these are the tasting notes:
“Weichsel, Ribisel und Zwetschke im Duft wie im Geschmack, rund und schmelzig, lebendige Säure, elegant und harmonisch, gute Trinkreife, geschliffene Tannine im sehr langen Abgang.”

Our terraces Sonnleiten are a real specialty. In the middle of the Weinviertel hillsides they were erected on a steep slope in the village Münichsthal to make extraordinary wines. Only to protect the site from cold Northern winds, a wall was built on top. 1989 we have bought the savaged site and replanted it. Since then, Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon bring outstanding Qualities. The stony, poor soil brings unbelieveable minerality and the protected south-facing site is responsible for extreme ripeness.

Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon

You could call it a contradiction or perhaps even a little crazy. That is what our premium blend HEIDROM is somehow. It is made from the Bordeaux classics Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot despite the fact that we are at home in the southern Weinviertel. As a red wine freak I took on my father’s idea of making great red wine here as my own personal project. It is important to me that precision is at work here. It begins in the vineyard. I am particularly meticulous with the canopy management. We do it sitting on the ground, even when it is really hot, because that is what is necessary. The grapes are vinified in separate charges and then matured in French oak for a year. Then the big tastings begin. How much Cabernet and Merlot will it be this time? Just a couple percent more or less are obvious! The blend then matures a further year in small oak barrels. In the end, the wine is 3 years old when it is finished. The name HEIDROM comes from my parents’ wedding cake. It was too small for “Heidi & Roman” and instead said: “Heidrom”.

„Ein grandioser Rotwein mit einigem Zug am Gaumen, voller Würze, viele Facetten aufzeigend. Große Klasse.“
Adolf Schmid, facebook über HEIDROM 2017

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