12.5% abv. Harmisch, Burgenland
The vineyards in the Csater Berg, a southern extension of the Eisenberg Hill in southern Burgenland, literally sparkle with jewels. In this case, the jewels are fresh water opals and they are mesmerizingly beautiful. While mostly planted with Grüner Veltliner and Welschriesling, the Stubits are growing splendid Blaufränkisch in two vineyards affectionately known as the Kleincsater and Hochcsater. The Blaufränkisch on the Kleincsater is grown at 375 m above sea level in dense clay soils with plenty of slate and opals resulting in fruit that is crystalline pure and light. On the Hochcsater, the top is planted with Welschriesling and the warmer mid-slopes are dedicated to Blaufränkisch yielding riper, fruit-forward grapes. The final result is a Blaufränkisch with distinctive mineral tones and crisp yet delicate sour cherry notes. In the glass the Csaterberg is a pale ruby colour, reminiscent of cool climate Pinot Noir. Swirls of iron-ore and dense rocky earth leave the glass, soon followed by sour cherry tones. More iron and metal notes coat the palate with mouth watering acidity and stone cherry flavours, all so very delicate and nuanced. Light bodied and with a short finish, this is a very natural, hands off approach to winemaking that allows southern Burgenland Blaufränkisch to reveal a complex personality tinged with minerality and refined fruit that is both authentic and endearing. Spontaneous fermentation with natural yeast and a brief maceration of 15 days on the skins. Matured in old large wooden barrels. Drink now to 2027.
Rating: * * *
Price: 11-12 EURO