MORIC Alte Reben Neckenmarkt 2009

This stunning Blaufrankisch almost hints at the scents of an Indian grocery store, but those hints float around a base of dark skinned berries and black cherries.
SKU: 1854



In contrast to its brother from Lutzmannsburg, this wine features a greater mineral intensity which lingers longer down the hatch and makes quite a memorable impression. Nice smokey nose, vivid interplay of sour cherries and charcuterie, very striking and spicy on the palate, driven by blackberry and cherry flavors, nice textural intensity, firm tannins and quite satisfyingly balanced. In contrast to its brother from Lutzmannsburg, this wine features a greater mineral intensity. Here the soils are slate for some parcels, with others in limestone. Elevation some 400 meters. Autochthonous yeast, open fermenters, unfined, unfiltered. FOOD PAIRING: Red and game meats that won't overpower this elegant wine. TRY THIS: Braised Beef and Veal with Tomato Gravy.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Farming Standard sustainable
Winemaker Roland Velich
Producer Moric
Alcohol 13.50
ml 750
Residual Sugar (g/L) 1.20
Acidity (g/l) 4.50
Closure Cork
Cellar Potential Very long term
Grape Variety 100% - Blaufrankisch
Body medium
Sweetness dry
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.



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.

MORIC Alte Reben Neckenmarkt 2009
MORIC Alte Reben Neckenmarkt 2009
Review by Vinography - Alder Yarrow
9.5 given by Vinography - Alder Yarrow.
Dark garnet in color, this wine smells of peeled hazelnuts, dry parchment, and dusty earth. In the mouth the wine is incredibly juicy, with remarkable acidity for a red wine, which delivers flavors of mulberry, sour cherry, and cassis to the palate in a burst of sour spiciness. Hints of exotic oils linger in the finish along with a citrusy brightness. Phenomenally balanced. Stunning.

Review by Wine & Spirits
93 given by Wine & Spirits.
Neckenmarkt cascades down the side of the Odenburger Mountains, a slope of schist, loam and calcerous stone. The vines, 40 to 85 years old, put out a vibrantly purple wine in 2009, almost flamboyant in its intensity. With air, out comes spice, a wild mix of notes that recall the more esoteric corners of an Indian grocer- fenugreek, asafetida. It feels cool, bright and youthful, a red that will last long in the cellar but will also juice up a pork rib roast.