MORIC Reserve 2012

A blend of fruit from winemaker Roland Velich's top vineyard sites, the Neckenmarkt and Lutzmannsburg. 92+ points from The Wine Advocate.



The Moric Reserve is a cuvee of the two Moric village wines from Neckenmarkt and Lutzmannsburg and represents winemaker Roland Velich's vision for "reserve" quality.
Neckenmarkt adds elegance and finesse with its schist and limestone soils, while the sand and loam soils of the volcanic Lutzmannsburg plateau add floral and earthy notes. Great structure and finesse are the end result and proof for the immense potential of Blaufränkisch from the Burgenland region. Thirty to sixty year old vines, spontaneous fermentation in open vats for about three weeks are followed by 20 months in 500 to 1000 Liter barrels. No fining or filtration.

From The Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Blaufränkisch Burgenland Reserve has a dark purple/ruby color and opens with a lovely pure and intense, concentrated and very deep bouquet of red and dark fruits, crushed stones, leaves and spices.
On the palate the wine is full-bodied and strong, but most of all round, smooth, juicy and intense at the moment. It is also fresh, amazingly pure and salty, especially in the finish, which reveals a stunning freshness and – again – an amazing purity. The power of the ripe 2012 vintage – which is comparable here to the 2007 vintage – is very well-dosed and structured and superbly balanced by the lemon-freshness from the Lutzmannsburg limestones, and the very delicate tannins, which seem to roll over the palate. "

Additional Info

Additional Info

Farming Standard sustainable
Winemaker Roland Velich
Producer Moric
Alcohol 13.50
ml 750
Residual Sugar (g/L) 1.00
Acidity (g/l) 5.50
Closure Cork
Cellar Potential 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 (Südburgenland), Central Burgenland (Mittelburgenland), Neusiedler Lake (Neusiedlersee) and the Neusiedler Lake Highlands (Neusiedlersee-Hügelland).

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: 2331