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Markus Altenburger, Blaufrankisch vom Kalk 2018
Made from Austria's indigenous variety, Blaufränkisch, the wine is aged on lees in large casks for 18 months. Showing black and blue fruits galore with some peppery freshness and minerality. Full bodied with a recognisable acidity and and good structure but still easy to drink. Perfect for Northern Rhône Syrah fans looking for something a bit unusual. Ideal with roast lamb and all kind of stewed meats.
The grapes were handpicked at the beginning of October. Destemmed and mashed into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. After pressing, malolactic and 18 months of ageing were done in big wooden casks of 20 hl.
Markus Altenburger's 10 hectares of vines are planted on the slopes of the Leithaberg in Burgenland. The regional limestone Leithakalk soil produces high acid, mineral wines. The lack of nutrients in the soil force the vines to bury deeper into the ground, developing complex root systems and giving the wines of the Leithaberg their signature minerality. In 2006 Markus took over the family winery in Jois, and to this day solely focuses on the varieties that best express this unique terroir, and produce authentic, honest wines. His winemaking methods are very natural - no artificial yeasts or enzymes are used, and the low yields and natural treatment of the vines and soil guarantee structured, long living wines. Over half of Markus' vineyards are planted to Burgenland's best known variety - Blaufrankisch. Old vine Chardonnay is another hugely important variety here, which Markus vinifies and releases as a single vineyard wine.