Felsen I — Blaufränkisch 2015
A Wine That
elevates Austria's prime red variety to new heights. The 'Felsen I' comes from a special parcel on the foothills of the 'Leithaberg' mountain range. It's one of Christian's rockiest plots and gives the perfect conditions for lean, salty examples of Blaufränkisch. This vintage reminds us a little bit of high quality Syrah from the Northern Rhône or perhaps structured Crus Beaujolais grown on granite or schist. Regardless of the cross-references, to us, this is Blaufränkisch as close to perfection as it can be — something that proves that this variety entered the Hall of Fame of the world's great terroir grapes.
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- Winemaker: Christian Tschida
Where and How?
This wine was grown on the 'Eisner' vineyard just outside of Purbach, Burgenland. The soils are characterised by the 'Leithaberg' hills — mainly shell limestone, quartz and schist towards the upper hillside. Christian picks his grapes in small buckets very early in the morning to retain freshness in the grapes until they arrive in the winery. There, the fruit is macerated and subsequently pressed with his pneumatic press that applies a 'hand shake' type pressure, only extracting the most delicate parts of the juice. His wines are then aged in large wooden casks usually starting with 1000L all the way to 3000L+ barrels. After a minimum of 20 months the wines are bottled without filtration and little to none addition of SO2.
The Winemaker: Christian Tschida
Christian Tschida is one of a kind. He might be renowned as one of the world's most cult natural winemakers, but when it comes down to it, he'd prefer not to talk about wine at all — rather art. For that's how to describe Christian's wines — these are playful-yet-serious interpretations of what Mother Nature gives him. His grapes are like watercolour, acrylic and graffiti interchanged from year to year.