MORIC Alte Reben Neckenmarkt 2005

A spectacular expression of what Blaufrankisch should be- this is pure varietal meets soil.
SKU: 1348
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$145.00

Details

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If this were a French wine, it would be named the 34th Grand Cru from Burgundy. But the whole point is that it is from Austria and expresses exactly what the terroir and varietal can achieve. Spectacular.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Farming Standard sustainable
Winemaker Roland Velich
Producer Moric
Alcohol 13.00
ml 750
Residual Sugar (g/L) 1.60
Acidity (g/l) 5.30
Closure Cork
Cellar Potential Long term
Grape Variety 100% - Blaufrankisch
Body medium
Sweetness dry
region Burgenland

Region

Burgenland


Burgenland is made up of 4 "sub-areas" and covers 19,215 hectares, which is about 48,000 acres. The dominating geographical influence here is the Neusiedler Lake (Neusiedlersee), and the 4 subdivided areas are called Southern Burgenland (S├╝dburgenland), Central Burgenland (Mittelburgenland), Neusiedler Lake (Neusiedlersee) and the Neusiedler Lake Highlands (Neusiedlersee-H├╝gelland).

From the northernmost Neusiedlersee area comes full-bodied white wines, including the countries best Chardonnays. This is also an area where great red wines are produced, including those from the "Pannobile" co-operative who age their wines in oak.

Due to the vineyards proximity to the lake and their location in the hot Pannonian climate zone, their grapes more often than not develop the "noble rot" (botrytis cinerea) which creates heady dessert wines. The region stretches along the Hungarian border, right across which Tokaji is being made.

The town of Rust, in the Neusiedler Lake Highlands, is where the famous Ruster Ausbruch dessert wine is made. This is also where storks come to roost every year, building their enormous nests on the roof of every building along the main roads. They make a clicking sound which is somewhere between a woodpecker and a jackhammer, and as you sit at the Heuriger (wine garden) drinking the afternoon away, the potential cacophony becomes something of a symphony.

Subregion

Mittelburgenland


When one drives south into Mittleburgenland, the sign on the door reads: Willkommen im Blaufränkischland!

They're not one bit shy about hanging their hat on the native variety most capable of producing memorable and ageworthy red wines, bottlings frequently exhibiting great depth and class. Additionally among the 2100 hectares of vineyard, one finds Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zweigelt planted, quite frequently appearing as welcome supporting characters in the Blaufränkisch show.

Four municipalities bring the swing to the thing: Horitschon, Deutschkreutz, Lutzmannsburg and Neckenmarkt. There are more than sixty individual growers to be found, plus a couple very fine co-ops. Sheltered by mountains and hills on three sides, the east lies open to the warm and dry winds from the Pannonian plain, which combines with the mostly rich water-retentive soils to provide ideal growing conditions.

Exceptions do apply, however, like the extremes of slate and limestone of Neckenmarkt. Here the grapes get to hang a little longer than they do up on either side of Lake Neusiedl, an added advantage in the quest for balance and depth.

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Reviews
MORIC Alte Reben Neckenmarkt 2005
MORIC Alte Reben Neckenmarkt 2005
Review by Food & Wine Magazine Wine Guide
EXCELLENT given by Food & Wine Magazine Wine Guide.
This wine could be called the Burgundy of Austria's reds for its elegant expression of place. A complex blend of minty aromas, black fruit and celery seed flavors, bright acidity and formidable tannins make this bottling unique to its Mittelburgenland terroir.

Review by Wine Advocate
91 given by Wine Advocate.
Velichs 2005 Blaufrankisch Neckenmarkter Alte Reben offers mulberry, blackberry, smoked meat and wood smoke aromas. Sappy, juicy, and persistent on the palate, its underlying suggestions of stone, graphite and chalk provide a striking demonstration of -minerality- (whatever it may be that actually engenders these flavors!), in what was a very challenging vintage. This may lose a bit of its austerity over the next couple of years, and will probably be worth returning to for 4-6 years. But in truth, as striking and delicious as these wines are in their youth, only time will demonstrate the aging potential of Moric Blaufrankisch.