Kolfok Neckenmarkter Blaufrankisch 2018
The Neckenmarkt bottling comes from 3 vineyard sites grown on limestone, slate and granite. Traditionally fermented for 1 month in oak casks. 15% whole cluster. Aged in a 1200 liter barrel for 18 months before bottling. Unfined/Unfiltered.
In regional dialect, Kolfok means an unconventional thinker. Winemaker Stefan Wellanschitz's family's estate in Neckenmarkt dates to the early 19th century, when this part of Burgenland was still Hungarian and not Austrian.
In 2013 Stefan decided to deviate from the family's more traditional style and launch his own wines with a philosophy of natural winemaking combined with an emphasis on terroir. His goal aptly demonstrates Neckenmarkt's unique combination of alpine soils and Pannonian climate. Stephan rejects the idea of monoculture, planting cover crops of herbs and beneficial plants. All work in the cellar is gentle with minimal intervention. There is no pumping, filtering, or fining, and very low sulfur use.