Blaufränkisch Alter Berg 2011

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Gernot and Heike Heinrich founded their winery in 1990 with just one hectare and have steadily grown to 90 hectares today. Heinrich converted to biodynamics in 2006 and is a member of Respekt, a certifying body for biodynamic viticulture in Austria. Heinrich is today one of Austria’s most innovative wine producers.

All of Heinrich’s wines are fermented spontaneously and are often left with the skins for several weeks. The wines remain on their lees for an extended period and are vinified mainly in neutral oak casks. Gernot says, "we give the wines plenty of time to mature, the time that hardly anyone has today,” and adds, “it is above all else time that shapes our wines.”

Blaufränkisch Alter Berg, meaning “old mountain,” is at the heart of Heinrich’s ambition for the Leithaberg DAC. “This is our Grand Cru,” says Gernot Heinrich, “here I’m inspired by the quality of the soils and the fantastic view overlooking Lake Neusiedl.” The vineyard near the village of Winden is surrounded by a large forest with cherry trees and flowering meadows in between the vines. Gernot adds, “the soils here have been fallow for many years and thus spared from chemicals, ideal for biodynamic viticulture."

Tasting Notes

Very poor and calcareous soils give this wine an especially intense mineral profile. Alter Berg’s minerality underscores aromas of black and red cherries, and layers of earthy flavors like peat, black truffle, dried flowers, and black peppercorns. Moderate tannins and alcohol and bright acidity make this an attractive wine for the table.

Food Pairing

Blaufränkisch features a moderate level of weight, bright acidity, and is firmly structured making it an excellent wine for the table. Blaufränkisch produced in a balanced style without excessive ripeness or oak can be paired with food like Pinot Noir and is excellent with game birds, duck, and veal. It is the classic wine to pair with a Hungarian goulash of braised meat and vegetables served with egg noodles or potatoes.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
Ried Alter Berg
Soil composition:
Calcareous
Training method:
Singled cane pruned
Elevation:
429-495 feet
Vines/acre:
2,000-2,400
Exposure:
Southeastern
Year vineyard planted:
1980
Harvest time:
October
First vintage of this wine:
2007
Bottles produced of this wine:
3,300
Certified eco-friendly practices:
Biodynamic-Respekt
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Blaufränkisch
Type of aging container:
Barrels
Size of aging container:
500-liters
Age of aging container:
Two-Four years
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
18 months
Length of bottle aging:
6 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
13.0 %
Residual sugar:
1.0 g/L
Acidity:
7.2 g/L

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