The Blaufrankisch Alter Berg (literally “old hill”) is from a 25 year-old vineyard in the Leithaberg range on the western shore of the Lake Neusiedl. Leithaberg is a relatively new area for Gernot Heinrich who became attracted to the area’s limestone soils. The Blaufrankisch was manually harvested at the beginning of October and brought into the cellar where it was fermented in oak vats. The wine was aged for 18 months in 500 liter French oak barrels.
Inky ruby with youthful violet highlights. Initially withdrawn nose opens slowly to reveal multiple layers of ripe raspberry, blackberry, minerals and spicy, vanillin oak. Deep, brooding and complex, with the perfectly ripe, youthfully muscular tannins embedded in the juicy fruit. In spite of its 14% alcohol, this blaufränkisch remains impressively elegant. Extremely young, with lovely herbal spice on the finish, this should be laid down for a few years.
Pair with pot roast, chicken empanadas or charcuterie.