Pinot Noir Black Edition – 2015

Region: Austria - Weinviertel


Deep in a four hundred year old cellar, a quiet, studious man weighs careful decisions to create exquisite wines from each of the special parcels in the Weinviertel. He asks his accomplished, exuberant wife to join him in crafting the perfect blends that reflect their passionate partnership.

Once upon a time…this is how fairy tales usually begin. But sometimes real life is a fairy tale, and that is the case for Marion and Manfred Ebner-Ebenauer. While the Ebner-Ebenauer label was born in 2007, when the two winemakers decided to share their lives, the history of winemaking in Manfred’s family stretches back fourteen generations. Today Ebner-Ebenauer is a mixture of old and new. The 400 year old cellar and modern style of the careful winery renovation. Traditional winemaking, gravity fed, gentle pressing. Using new methods when appropriate. “Respect the traditions but change if not useful.”

Grapes / Soils

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area ha or acres
Pinot Noir Black Edition 100% PN 35 Sandbanks of the primordial sea with lime 0.8

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Birthal vineyard in Poysdoft
  • Soils: Sand with limestone
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested in October
  • After destemming and crushing, the juice and berries (with about 5% stems remaining) are left together for minimum 30 days
  • Hand punchdowns
  • Malolactic fermentation and elevage in 70% new and 30% used French oak
  • Bottled in September
Winemaker's Notes

We have set ourselves the goal of making wines as an expression of our ideas; we exchange opinions on a wine before we press the grapes. First a vision, then pure artisanal handiwork: together this makes the Black Edition our prestige line. It allows us the necessary freedomfor experimentation, and challenges us every day to take our favourite varieties to the limits.

A marvellously enchanting wine that is already exhibiting untold finesse in its youth. A delicate Burgundian style, silky and rich in finesse; seductive power paired with massive spice and a great deal of charm. Dazzling fruit and a charismatic finish that just never seems to end.

Wine Summary

100% Pinot Noir; Birthal vineyard; sand and limestone soils; 13.6% alcohol; all hand harvested and vinified with gravity flow; juice and berries sit together for minimum 30 days; malolactic fermentation and elevage in 70% new and 30% used French oak; bottled in September.

Technical Information
  • 100% Pinot Noir grapes
  • Alcohol: 13.6%
  • RS: 1.0 g/L
  • Acidity: 4.2 g/L


93 Points

A hint of smoky dill segues into a pure note of aromatic red cherry. The palate presents pristine red fruit, translucent and tender, surrounded by smoky, scented oak. This needs time to integrate but shows lovely freshness and ripeness captured at the right moment. This is an elegant, warm and tender Pinot with lots of purity and freshness. Drink 2020–2030.

Wine Enthusiast, July, 2019

90 Points

This earthy, smoky pinot noir introduces itself with dried redcurrants, dried thyme, rosemary and licorice. Medium-bodied and firm-grained, it delivers crunchy, savory appeal. Drink now.

jamessuckling.com, December, 2019

General Info

Country Austria
Region Niederösterreich
Appellation(s) Weinviertel
Proprietors Marion & Manfred Ebner-Ebenauer
Founded 2007
Winemaker Manfred Ebner-Ebenauer
Annual Production
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Organic/biodynamic