Blaufränkisch Ried Alterberg DAC 2015

The Blaufränkisch 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 Blaufränkisch 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.

Tasting Notes

Austria's showcase grape variety shows itself here in a strong ruby-garnet color with a violet reflection. The nose shows subtle spiciness, fine berry fruit and a slight floral scent as well as some hibiscus notes. There is juicy, cool fruit on the palate coated by robust, firm tannins, ripe berry fruit and a mineral finish. Great potential for development.

Food Pairing

Pair with pot roast, chicken empanadas or charcuterie.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The Burgenland vineyard
Vineyard size
30 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous and limestone
Training method
Singled cane pruned
Elevation
825 feet
Vines/acre
2,000-2,400
Exposure
Eastern / Southeastern
Year vineyard planted
1980
Harvest time
October
First vintage of this wine
2007
Bottles produced of this wine
2,500
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Blaufränkisch
Fermentation container
Barrels
Age of Aging Container
1-3 years
Length of alcoholic fermentation
10 days
Fermentation temperature
86 °F
Maceration technique
Punchdown
Maceration length
30
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barrels
Length of bottle aging
3 months
Size of aging container
500 L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
18 months

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