Zierfandler (Spätrot)

A picture shows grapes of the grape variety Zierfandler
© AWMB / Oberleitner

Origin: Austria, Thermenregion

Parentage: Natural crossing of Roter Veltliner and a Traminer-like variety

Vineyard area: 85 ha, 0.19 %. This autochthonous variety is a rarity of the Thermenregion and grown almost solely there. Cultivation is decreasing.

Important ampelographic features
Leaf: large, circular, three to five lobes, hairy underside
Grape cluster: medium-sized; very dense berries; cylindrical, shouldered, sometimes with wings; round reddish colored grapes (Spätrot)

Importance, conditions: In the Thermenregion, Zierfandler (Spätrot) and Rotgipfler are often vinified as a Spätrot-Rotgipfler, either blended as cuvée or already planted, mixed together, in the vineyard. Zierfandler requires the best vineyard sites and makes few demands on the soil. It is sensitive to winter frost and very prone to Botrytis, but also is very tolerant to dryness and calcareous soils.

Wine: When the grapes are nicely ripe, the wines are rich in extract and have a pleasant acidity and subtle aromatics. In a TBA style, the bouquet exudes honey and even sherry-esque tones. Prädikat wines have excellent ageing potential.