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Franz Weninger, Kekfrankos 2017
A wine that contains smooth tannins and spicy notes with a deep and rich origin. Weninger produces Kekfrankos with balanced acidity, sweet dried plums on the nose, and hints of spice and herbs on the palate.
The K�kfrankos (aka Blaufrankisch in German) grapes come from 17-45 year old vines. The fruit is hand harvested, spontaneously fermented in steel tanks and pressed after 3 weeks. The wine is then moved to large barrels for ageing. Only minimal amounts of sulphur are added before bottling and the wine is both unfined and unfiltered
The Weninger family�s winemaking roots can be traced back to 1828, when the name first appeared in the records of Horitschon, a small town in Burgenland. In 1997, not long after Hungary started opening up after the Communist era, Franz Weninger�s father acquired some parcels close to the town of Balf in Sopron - a historic winemaking region that lies a few kilometres east of the family�s Austrian parcels. Before the existence of a border between Austria and Hungary, Sopron was considered to be the heart of the region, and is thought to be the likely birthplace of the Blaufr�nkisch or K�kfrankos variety. Here, the cool winds descending from the Sopron mountains are tempered by the warming influence of Lake Neusiedl, forming ideal conditions for the steady ripening of K�kfrankos. In 2006 Franz and his father started converting to biodynamic farming in order to unlock the full potential of each site and show how sensitive to terroir K�kfrankos is. In Sopron, the Gneiss and Mica-Schist soils yield markedly different wines to those coming from the limestone, chalk and slate soils found in Franz�s vineyards across the border. Franz vinifies a number of different grape varieties with passion and precision, but K�kfrankos remains the focal point of both his Austrian and Hungarian portfolio.�