Hidden Treasures NR4 Blaufrankisch Deutsch-Schuetzen 2017
Christoph began working at the family winery in 2008 when he was just 20 years old. He took over full responsibility in 2010. Since his start, Christoph has received accolades for his wines from the most well-respected wine writers both at home and internationally. It should be noted that Christoph Wachter is imported to the US by one of our esteemed colleages, David Bowler Wines in NY. Here at Winemonger we only import the wine that is distributed by Moric.
Christoph Wachter has 17 hectares of vineyards in SÃ¼dburgenland, in the towns of Eisenberg and Deutsch SchÃ¼tzen. The SÃ¼dburgenland is located at the south-eastern corner of Austria â€“ just at the edge of the little hungarian Plain. With nearly 500 hectares of vineyards, it is the smallest and most 'untouched' wine region of Austria, and has become one of the country's most renowned wine regions as well.
In SÃ¼dburgenland, the vines grow in primary rock, the most notable terroir is the green schist of the Eisenberg hill. The Eisenberg DAC was extended to include wines from the surrounding villages, including Deutsch-Schutzen. Deutsch-Schutzen has iron rich loam and the Eisenberg hill has green schist with iron. Eisenberg is regarded as one of the finest sites for producing BlaufrÃ¤nkisch in Austria, producing wines of great finesse and focus. Deutsch SchÃ¼tzenâ€™s soils, while similar, are denser with a deeper layer of loam, resulting in darker spicier wines with softer tannins. SÃ¼dburgenland is cooler than Mittelburgenland and there are rolling hillsides, small mountains really, (called the pre-Alps). The hills are topped with forest and this regulates the temperature, another aspect of the micro- climate of SÃ¼dburgenland.
He began working his 17 hectares of vines organically, vowing to return to the more natural winemaking methods of his grandfatherâ€™s generation. He allows the weeds to grow in his vineyards, as they attract beneficial insects and eventually return to the soil as nutrients themselves. Rather than adding fertilizer, he leaves the vines to extract what they need from the soil itself, thus instilling the wines with minerality and allowing them to express their unique terroir. Christoph works exclusively with native yeasts, he likes to use upwards of 20-30% whole-cluster, and ages in large barrels that allow the wines to mature gracefully without obscuring them with oak flavors. The resulting wines are incredibly elegant, expressive, superlative expressions of BlaufrÃ¤nkisch that should age well, though they are drinking well right now.