Hidden Treasures by Moric

Hidden Treasures NR4 Blaufrankisch Deutsch-Schuetzen 2017

$ 36.00

With No. 4 Blaufrankisch Deutsch-Schuetzen 2017 Moric partners with Christoph Wachter of Weingut Wachter-Wiesler. Christoph is a young winemaker from SüdBurgenland who began running his family’s winery at just 20 years old. He focuses on pure expressions of Blaufrankisch, working with old vines, organic farming and biodynamic preparations to demonstrate the distinct terroir of the famed green schist soils of the Eisenberg hill and the dark loam soils of the neighboring village Deutsch-Schuetzen. The Eisenberg DAC is the smallest and most 'untouched' wine region of Austria and has become one of the country's most renowned wine regions. In 2014 Christoph was recognized as 'Newcomer of the Year’ by der Feinschmecker, the most important wine magazine in the German language.

Christoph works his 17 hectares of vines organically, a return to the more natural winemaking methods of his grandfather's generation. He allows 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 allowing them to express their unique terroir. Deutsch-Scheutzen lies in the cooler Eisenberg DAC where the vines grow in green schist-iron soils with a deep layer of loam, yielding darker spicier wines with soft tannins.
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 Blaufrankisch that will age well, though they are drink well immediately.

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 colleague, David Bowler Wines in NY. Here at Winemonger we only import the wine that is distributed by Moric.