Johannes Zillinger

'Numen' Rose 2020

  • Biodynamic
  • Organic
“Numen” is a Latin term connoting the spirit or divine power presiding over a thing or a place. For winemaker Johannes Zillinger, this range of wines represents the pinnacle of his winemaking. The Numen wines are made with almost no intervention in the cellar and are both natural and expressive. This unconventional rose comes from a small parcel of Sankt Laurent planted at the top of the Steinthal vineyard in 1922. Light-colored, yet mind-bogglingly complex, the wine is made by semi-carbonic whole-cluster fermentation in amphora, then left to rest for 8 months in the same vessel. The finished wine is filled with juicy bright berry fruit which almost leaps out of the glass. The texture is as silky as a Pinot Noir and as full and brambly as a Syrah. This is a unique and stunning wine that simply must be tasted to be believed. Biodynamic.

Johannes Zillinger

Johannes Zillinger learned early on from his father about the craft of organic winemaking, about viewing the vineyard as a habitat and protecting the environment instead of poisoning it. His father Hans turned to organic viticulture in 1983, two years before the Anti-freeze Scandal, and was one of its pioneers in Austria. When Johannes took over the winery and made it his own in 2013, he took it even further and became biodynamic, starting a new chapter for the 350-year-old winery. He even grows his own herbs for tea tinctures to use as treatments in his vineyards!


Niederosterreich, Austria

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