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Moric, Reserve Blaufrankisch 2020


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    Roland Velich

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Pure and inviting, this Reserve wine has a lovely delicate nose with enticing red berry fruits and warm spice. The palate has grippy but fine tannins and a creaminess to the texture. Refined and elegant with such detail on the finish.
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The Reserve is a classic bottling of Blaufrankisch. It marries the great heritage of the Neckenmarkt and Lutzmannsburg vineyards, and embodies our concept of 'reserve' quality: selection in distinct vineyards with specific attributes regarding age, site and soil. Only the best barrels coming out of these vineyards find their way into the Reserve Blend. Mainly based on limestone origins, the elegance and distinctive spice of the Neckenmarkter component and the earthy floral aromas of Lutzmannsburg combine to show a unity of great structure and finesse. Grapes from 26-60 year old vines. Natural fermentation with indigenous yeasts in open vats and oak for 3-4 weeks on the skins. Natural malolactic fermentation. Aged 24 months in oak barrels 500-3600 liters. No fining. No filtration. No additives, except tiny quantities of sulfites.

Roland Velich first started producing wine with his brother and father on the family property, Weingut Velich, in Apetlon, which was all about white and sweet wines. His brother Heinz continues to run this excellent estate.

But Roland’s fascination for Blaufränkisch, not suited to the vineyards on the east side of the lake, took him elsewhere and in 2001 he released the first wines from the Moric project.

Roland is outspoken and was very critical of Blaufränkisch produced at the time - late harvested styles, often artificially concentrated, and shoved into new oak. In the process he lost a few friends but for him, Blaufränkisch is essentially a cool-climate grape variety.

He talks of it as a grape with some similar characteristics to Pinot Noir, or Nebbiolo, or Northern Rhone Syrah. Others are reminded of Gamay. But all these varieties have freshness and perfume and delicacy at their best, and this is what Roland is striving to achieve.

Now 20 years on, he has numerous disciples, and his wines are, for many, the best examples of Blaufränkisch in the whole of Austria.

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