Moric Ried Maissner Lutzmannsburg Blaufrankisch 2021

Type: Red
Country: Austria
Region: Burgenland
Grape Variety: 100% Blaufrankisch

Climate: Hot, continental Pannonian climate
Terroir: Single vineyard (Maissner) in an isolated location within Lutzmannsburg. Vines are very old, planted between 1908 and the 1930s at a south-facing exposure on soil rich in clay and iron
Winemaking: Spontaneously fermented in open wooden vats with small proportions of black grapes, then aged in old 500-litre barrels for two years

Color: Strong ruby garnet
Nose: Aromas of cherries, olives and balsamic notes
Palate: A wine of finesse and clear structure with pithy tannins with notes of cherries, tobacco nuances, nougat, blueberries and a touch of licorice

About the Winery:
Roland Velich is the passionate winemaker behind an Austrian red touted to rival Grand Cru Burgundy. While Austria is better known for its whites, Roland had a fascination with the unusual red grape, Blaufränkisch. So he left his family’s estate and set up Weingut Moric (pronounced Moritz) in the lesser-known Mittelburgenland, which is close to the Hungarian Border around an hour’s drive from Vienna. Such was his determination, he paid for the estate using money that he’d saved working in a casino as a croupier. Roland now seeks out high-yielding, old-vine vineyards, and vinifies the grapes as simply as possible, looking to bring out Blaufränkisch’s inherently pure, elegant character.

As a self-professed Burgundy fan, his reds echo the finesse of Grand Cru Pinot Noir, and, rather than try to over-extract fruit flavours like some of his predecessors, Roland’s wines have a cool climate quality more commonly found in fine Nebbiolo or Northern Rhône Syrah. His top wine is a blend of eight different vineyard sites and includes some of the oldest vines that surround the village of Lutzmannsburg. These are unique reds which brilliantly echo their terroir.