Kolfok Querschnitt Rotburger & Co 2018

$ 21.50

Almost entirely Rotburger with a small amount of Syrah. 65 days carbonic maceration with no intervention. Bottled after 10 months on the lees in 500 L barrels with no SO2. Rotburger is a cross of Sankt Laurent and Blaufrankisch created by Fritz Zweigelt in the 1920s. Until recently most winemakers used the name Zweigelt but revelations of his Nazi past has prompted most to reject the name Zweigelt and only use Rotburger. 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 sulphur use.