Updated: Jun 15, 2020
13.5% abv. Rust, Burgenland
Magisterial. Lavish. Undaunted. A deep garnet with purple reflections. The nose is an earthy, primordial pastiche of black fruit, strawberry, blackcurrant, cloves, tobacco, and a glint of spicy cedar. At the centre is a pristine core of black cherry. Strawberry undercurrents. Ripe and gentle tannins. Medium-bodied. Remarkably fresh. This is a perhaps the benchmark Blaufränkisch from the vintage of 2008. Unfiltered.
Is there a more glorious vineyard than Marienthal? Situated near Lake Neusiedl, characterized by calcareous sandy soil and limestone over clay, at the zenith where cool soil meets warm Pannonian breezes - the perfect nexus where high diurnal ranges push grapes to greater phenolic ripeness while preserving acidity. I am looking forward to seeing how this wine evolves over the next decade. A wine without peers? Time will tell.
Rating: * * * *
Price: 60-70 EUROS