Balf 2017 — Kékfrankos
A Wine That
is Franz's humble estate blend - a best-of version of all the Kékfrankos grapes - the Hungarian name for Blaufränkisch - he harvests each year. For us, this is easily one of the most serious contenders in the world of crunchy European red wines - packed with dark red fruit and a fine touch. Like cooler climate Syrah? Then Kékfrankos from Franz is right up your street.
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- Winemaker: Franz Weninger
Where and How?
From Franz's biodynamic vineyards in the village of Balf, on the Hungarian side of Lake Neusiedl, planted on slate and rock soils. Kekfrankos is the Hungarian name for Blaufränkisch.
This wine was destemmed and very gently crushed, meaning that most of the berries remained whole, which encouraged some carbonic fermentation. Fermentation was natural, and the maceration lasted around eight to ten days. The wine was then pressed and aged in 6000L old oak casks.
Franz is a winemaker who follows his nose. His winemaking and farming methods are modified and adapted every year and evolve continuously, in tandem with the development of his thoughts and mindset. He emphasises that the end to his agricultural and vinous education is nowhere in sight. This is part of what Franz loves about winemaking: the cultural journey. Franz is from a long line of many generations of farmers in the Burgenland, Austria. His grandfather, and those before him, had worked in polyculture: they had four or five hectares of vineyards, but also farmed wheat and beans and raised cows for milk and meat. His father was the first to focus on wine, buying more vineyards in Austria and in Hungary, after the iron curtain fell.
Franz's own journey thus far has involved defending the indigenous varieties of the regions in which he works, exploring many different winemaking techniques, and a switching to biodynamics. For the future, he is starting to contemplate how to work with a nod to poylculture again, through the idea of harvesting and selling his cover crops.