Béla-Jóska 2017 — Blaufränkisch
A Wine That
symbolises the coming together of two families (Wachter and Wiesler) in 1992. What began as a small cuvée of just 2000 bottles is now symbolic of this winery. It is elegant and pure - fresh raspberries and wild blackcurrants with a sprinkling of white pepper and a crunchy, saline mineral element. This is Blaufränkisch in its most honest and transparent form when tended with care: like the grape variety looking at itself in the mirror.
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- Winemaker: Christoph Wachter-Wiesler
Where and How?
This wine was the first produced when the Wachter and Wiesler families came together in 1992. As homage to this, this is Blaufränkisch from each family's vineyards in Deutsch-Scheützen and Eisenberg, and the vines are between 30 and 50 years old.
The wine fermented naturally with around 20-30% whole bunch inclusion. It was aged for 13 months in large old wooden barrels and foudres. The wine was bottled unfined, unfiltered and with just a touch of sulphur.
The Wachter-Wiesler wines saw a radical change in style when Christoph took the winemaking reins from his parents, but instead of becoming more radically affected by the winemaking, the opposite occurred; the wines became more subtle and dialled-in to their source—the vineyards. The hand of the human stepped back and instead the voice of the fruit itself became louder.
Today, the Blaufränkisch wines they produce are amongst the most nuanced versions found in Austria; they compete with the famed ability of Pinot Noir to express their site. As for the 15% white grapes that they work with—this cellar has become home to some of the most thrilling examples of Welschriesling since they flipped their way of thinking.
Most importantly of all, the domaine has led by example with regards to healthy viticulture. The soils thrive and the cover crop & wildflowers bloom throughout the year, providing homes and food for a swathe of beneficial insects. The change has been so positive than Christoph hasn’t noticed herbicide use by other growers in the area for two years; a giant step in the world of Sudburgenland’s vineyards.