Blaufränkisch Alter Berg 2008

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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.

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Neusiedlersee
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
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
10 days
Fermentation temperature:
86 °F
Maceration technique:
Punchdown
Length of maceration:
30 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Barrels
Size of aging container:
500 L
Age of aging container:
1-3 years
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
18 months
Length of bottle aging:
3 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
13 %
pH level:
3.5
Residual sugar:
1.2 g/L
Acidity:
5.4 g/L
Dry extract:
27.6 g/L

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