Markus Altenburg Vom Kalk Blaufränkisch 2020
  • Red Wine
  • Blaufränkisch
  • Biodynamic, Natural, Organic
  • Dry
  • Light Bodied
  • 750ml
  • 12.5% alc./vol

Markus Altenburg Vom Kalk Blaufränkisch 2020

Burgenland, Austria
Regular price $25.95per bottle ($311.40per case)
12 bottles per case
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The Altenburger family has farmed land in and around Jois since the 16th century. Their vineyards perch at Austria’s far eastern edge, half an hour from Vienna, but seemingly in another cosmos altogether. Markus is both fascinated and convinced by blaufränkisch, believing to be the red grape for Burgenland. He works with massal selections from old vines in his Gritschenberg vineyard, whose loose clusters and small berries are well adapted to the dry Pannonian summers and precisely express the schist, for fruiter wines that are more charming in their youth, and limestone, for length and structure. The wines express this tension, the influences of limestone and schist soils, and something of the wild abundance of nature, as well.

Since Markus took over his family’s estate more than a decade ago, he’s moved from what he calls “well-behaved wines” to those that are much closer to nature and bear a far more personal stamp. In the cellar, he favours native yeasts, minimal added sulphur, long, protective lees contact, and concrete and neutral wood for ageing. 

Grown on calcareous loam, the Vom Kalk Blaufränkisch 2019 is a down-to-earth type of wine: their house wine, the neighbourhood wine, the friendship wine, one everybody wants to pour in the glass. The wine making is frippery and the processing gets along without the help of technical or chemical tools. After spontaneous fermentation on the mash, it ripened mainly in big old wood barrels.

A symbiosis: The only way the old barrels last so long is because they are always filled with wine, that’s why the barrels cannot give the wood aroma into the wine anymore and they leave the wine in there to ripe calmly. The wine has fruit, without being too superficial and length, without being too demanding. And because it does not have a loud appearance, it is well-liked as a subtitle by-glass meal companion or just solo with a good talk or some silent thoughts.