Hidden Treasures by Moric
Hidden Treasures NR5 Blaufrankisch Neckenmarkt 2017
Hidden Treasures No. 5 Neckenmarkt comes from Stephan Wellanschitz of Kolfok winery. Stephan’s Blaufränkisch vines are 55 year old, thick skinned, old clones grown on steep terraced vineyards in a cool location. These are some of the highest vineyards in Burgenland located on the Hungarian border in Neckenmarkt. These are the last foothills of the Eastern Alps with unique soil composition varying from mica schist to orthogneiss and shell limestone. Stephan took over an existing winery in 2015 and spent the last years converting to organic viticulture, restoring the old vineyards, always working in tandem with gravity and nature. Grapes are hand picked, only native yeasts are used, no additions are made to the wine and it is raised in old large oak barrels, all resulting in a pure and unique expression of Neckenmarkt and Blaufränkisch as these old thick skinned clones yield larger berries with lower water content and higher extract.