Viticulture: Organic (official certification from 2018 vintage)
Vineyards: The grapes for this wine come from a vineyard called ‘Neuberg’ – out of all of Luka’s vineyards this is the closest to Neusiedlersee, the lake straddling the Austria-Hungary border whose climate-moderating influence is key to vinegrowing in the region. It is interesting to note that the particular clone of Blaufränkisch that is prevalent in this vineyard has slightly softer and thinner skins,
and hence produces a very aproachable expression of the grapes, with wonderfully soft tannins. This is the same parcel as the grapes that are used in the BFF cuvée, although they are harvested nearly 2 weeks earlier for the rosé.
Vinification: The grapes are destemmed and stay on the skins for only 12 hours or so before the start of fermentation. They are then pressed and go directly into 2 x 500L and 1 x 225L barrels where fermentation takes place. After fermentation the wine is racked off its gross lees and goes back into the barrels where it ages for 8 months or so. Tiny sulphite addition before bottling, unfined, unfiltered.
Total production - 1400 bottles.
Winemaker: Luka Zeichmann
Region: Jois, Burgenland, Austria
Grapes: 100% Blaufränkisch
Sulphur: 5 mg/l added
Altitude: under 50m
Total Area Farmed: 3 hectares
Soils: Limestone/ stony topsoil (5-10cm of rocks in upper layer)
Age of vines: 20 years
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