MORIC Alte Reben Neckenmarkt 2012

The wines of Roland Velich's Moric "project" transcend what people once thought a Blaufranksich from Austria could be. This is as much of a life-changing experience as it is a bottle of wine.



From Wine & Spirits Magazine: "This dry, sunny vintage was particularly good for Burgenland, and Moric's Blaufrankisch wines soar. His Neckenmarkt, from old vines on primary rock at 1300 feet in altitude, feels richly upholstered: The flavors, from plums to spice to cocoa nibs and boudin noir, seem to go on with no end; a sip is like a free fall into a vast, unfolding tunnel of flavor. Sure, there is great acidity and firm tannins, but those are just parts; this wine is an experience." From Vinography Medium to dark garnet in color, this barrel sample smells of wet stones and the sawdust of exotic wood layered over redcurrant, raspberry and cherry. In the mouth cherry, raspberry and a hint of cassis is shot through with chalky minerality and scents of dried flowers and wet earth. Gorgeous supple tannins drape the palate and flex athletically to support the brilliant fruit of the wine, which is driven to great heights by fantastic acidity. No matter what the heights of the fruit, however, it is anchored to the earth with wet soil and black tea that linger in the finish. Outstanding. Likely 13.5% alcohol. Score: around 9.5.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Farming Standard sustainable
Winemaker Roland Velich
Producer Moric
Alcohol 13.50
ml 750
Residual Sugar (g/L) 0.90
Acidity (g/l) 5.50
Closure Cork
Cellar Potential Will develop well for at least a decade.
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.

SKU: 2475