Leithaberg 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

The Blaufränkisch grapes were sourced from old vineyards on the Leithaberg (Leitha Mountain) slopes in Jois, Winden and Breitenbrunn that face southeast toward Lake Neusiedl. The soils comprise the fossil-rich limestone, calcareous sandstone, and mica schist that are typical of the region.

Vintage Information

The 2015 vintage saw hot, sunny weather throughout summer which was welcomed after the difficult, rainy 2014 vintage. The grapes in 2015 were healthy and ripe, resulting in fruit-forward wines with slightly lower acidity than usual. This was not an issue for a country that typically makes wines with high acidity.

Vinification

The vineyards are cultivated according to biodynamic regulations. The grapes were handpicked at the beginning of October, then underwent spontaneous fermentation and three weeks maceration on the skins in wooden fermentation vats, with gentle basket pressing. The wine was then matured for 20 months in used 500-litre oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

This Blaufränkisch has a plethora of aromas, from cherry to an earthy depth, reminiscent of autumn leaves, fresh truffle, a peppery spice and roasted root vegetables. It has fine-grained tannins and a powerful, long finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Blaufränkisch
Region Neusiedlersee, Burgenland
Winemaker Gernot Heinrich
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 6.2g/l
Residual Sugar 1g/l