This doesn’t have the freshness and *life* I typically expect from these sort of bottlings. Rather garnet in the glass, a dull nose where expectant vegetal feels moldy and oily. The fruit glows black cherry, but it’s a muted experience, over-shadowed by a rancid, chemically texture.
In the mouth, the acidity is not sharp and alive, rather tainted with VA and berry lies flat and one-dimensional against a watery, bitter core raising oxidized concerns. Frankly, it feels tired–tired and cheap. If you squint real hard, the wine is vaguely enjoyable, just all parts added up and quantified make a difficult endorsement.
2017 WEINGUT STEFAN BAUER Zweigelt Trocken Wagram Austria 13.0