"Made in an early drinking style from younger vines (10-50 years old) grown on limestone, primary rock and loam from Neckenmarkt and Lutzmannsburg. Fermented in open vats and steel tank. A wonderful introduction to Roland's elegant take on Blaufränkisch.
Moric is among the premier Blaufränkisch producers, and this Burgenland product is a premier example of a red grape flourishing in what is largely a white grape country: Austria. Burgenland is one of the southernmost wine producing areas of the country, making for a more moderate climate. Throw in some 85-year-old vines, natural yeasts, schist/limestone soils, and high elevation, and you've got a winner! The wine reminds me of a young, high quality Nebbiolo. Very approachable with easy tannins, a smooth leathery earthiness, peppery spices, and gorgeous red and black fruit. An age-worthy, beautifully structured, highly sought after natural wine deserving all manners of high praise.
Since 2001 Roland Velich has been crafting world-class wine from Blaufrankisch. He is determined to show that this indigenous Austrian grape has as much finesse and elegance as Pinot Noir from Burgundy. Again and again, he has proven this to be true. Vintage after vintage these are beyond a doubt gorgeous refined wines. The Burgenland bottling is his business card per se, a way to discover the potential of this grape and winemaker without a long wait, however, it has the ability not only to show beautifully now but age as well. Signature characteristics are a lovely ruby hue, high-toned aromatic blue fruits, spice, and black tea."