Burgenland Blaufränkisch

Neusiedlersee

Heinrich

Gernot Heinrich has 100 hectares of vines in Gols, Burgenland, which is Austria's...

easternmost province, lying only a few kilometres from the Hungarian border. After graduating in viticulture from Klosterneuberg, Gernot's vinous travels in Bordeaux, Spain, California and Italy convinced him that his best approach in this continental climate was to use indigenous grapes such as Blaufränkisch, St Laurent and Zweigelt to make the highest quality, most characteristic wines he could.

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Vineyards

This wine is from the Wagram area of Burgenland, where the hot, dry climate and sandy, clay soils on south-facing vineyards favour the production of opulent reds. A fresh north-easterly wind ensures that the relatively high rainfall in the area does not cause the grapes to rot. The vineyards are situated at 140 metres above sea level. Blaufränkisch thrives on deep, fertile clay and loess soils and is therefore planted on the heavier soils further down the slope, leaving the higher slopes to Pinot Noir. The vines for this wine are between 10-25 years old, located at different optimum sites of the Heidelboden between the Parndorfer Platte and Lake Neusiedl (the Neusiedlersee).

Vintage Information

This vintage has been officially described by critics as ‘outstanding quality, characterised by particularly delicate fruit-driven aromatics and fresh acidity.’ Then a wet summer gave rise to plentiful mildew, although conditions in early autumn were much more favourable and the resultant wines are thought to be of good quality, destined for early drinking.

Vinification

Harvest was done by hand from mid-Stepmber for two weeks. Meticulous selection in the vineyard was followed by a further selection on the winery's sorting belt. Processing took place according to the gravity principle without pumps and spontaneous fermentation occurred in stainless steel tanks at 28-30°C. The must was stirred by the Pulsair system and maceration lasted for two to three weeks. Malolactic fermentation took place in the tanks. The wine was aged in 500 litre oak barrels for 18 months.

Tasting Notes

This wine is ruby red in colour. Floral aromas mingle with notes of nettle, liquorice and camomile. Currants, rhubarb, subtle pomegranate and blood orange combine on the palate. Rich juicy tannins and the elegant, long finish accompany the fine acidity.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Blaufränkisch
Region Neusiedlersee, Burgenland
Winemaker Gernot Heinrich
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 6.4g/l
Residual Sugar 1g/l