Edelgraben Blaufränkisch 2017
A dark ruby-red guise allows a deep gaze into the Edelgraben. Time and aeration are required – at least in a large glass, but preferably in a carafe. With the husky, but pleasant voice of a cavalier baritone, this Blaufränkisch sings of precise, dark-berried fruit, earthy seduction and peppery spice – and easily achieves this over two octaves. Conscious of its unbridled power, it makes a striking and lasting impression, secretly creates itself space, yet with its sensitive deliberation and detailed finesse, it is irritating in a positive fashion. Wine in glass, one lets oneself be led by the hand on a successful tightrope walk between instinct and reason. The weightless concentration of the 2017 Edelgraben shows the way along its stony aftertaste and reaffirms the truth that “strength lays in stillness”.
This Blaufränkisch stems from old vineyards on the Leithaberg (Leitha Mountains) slopes in Breitenbrunn that face southeast toward Neusiedler See (Lake Neusiedl). The soils comprise the fossil-rich limestone, calcareous sandstone, and mica schist that are so typical for the region.
Bottled with conscientious handcraft and great care throughout the entire life cycle. The vineyards are cultivated according to the biodynamic regulations of the Respekt association. Handpicked beginning of October, spontaneous fermentation, three weeks maceration on the skins in the fermentation vat, gentle basket press, 29 months maturation in used 500-llitre oak barrels.
100% Blaufränkisch • 13.0% a.b.v. • 6.1 g/l acidity • 1.0 gl/ residual sugar • format (l): 0.75, 1.5, 3.0 • bottled beginning of April 2020