Markus Altenburger 'Blaufränkisch & Chardonnay Vom Kalk' Mixed Case
  • Blaufränkisch
  • Biodynamic, Natural, Organic
  • Dry
  • Light Bodied
  • 750ml
  • 12.5% alc./vol

Markus Altenburger 'Blaufränkisch & Chardonnay Vom Kalk' Mixed Case

Burgenland, Austria
Regular price $372.40per case
12 bottles per case
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Delivery timeline: It requires six full cases of each wine in order for us to build and fulfill twelve mixed cases. This process usually takes about 7-10 business days but may vary.

The Altenburger family has farmed land in and around Jois since the 16th century. His vineyards perch at Austria’s far eastern edge, half an hour from Vienna, but seemingly in another cosmos altogether.

Vast, shallow Lake Neusiedl and the low-slung Leitha mountain range wrangle for climatic influence. The wines express this tension, the influences of limestone and schist soils, and something of the wild abundance of nature, as well.

Grown on calcareous loam, these wines are produced without the help of technical tools or chemical products, and they ferment spontaneously on the must.

This Mixed Case includes 6 bottles of each wine.

6 bottles x Markus Altenburger Chardonnay Vom Kalk 2021 (Burgenland, Austria)
White | Chardonnay

The Chardonnay vom Kalk is the counterpart to Blaufränkisch vom Kalk. In a visit to the winery in May, 2022, Markus confirmed that 2021 had been an exceptional year for his white wines.

For this wine, half of the fruit gets pressed directly, while the other half macerates on the skins for two days. This skin contact maceration adds a lot of texture and character to the wine. 50% of the juice ferments in concrete eggs, and 50% in big oak casks.

Pale gold colour, with a stony, chalky nose and aromas of fresh peaches. On the palate, fine aromas of exotic fruits such as tangerine and meyer lemon bloom, accompanied by a salty minerality. It has a dense structure coming from the ageing in concrete and big wooden barrels, with fresh acidity. Long finish.

Pairing suggestion: enjoy this Chardonnay with with fresh fish or creamy lemony pasta.

6 bottles x Markus Altenburger Blaufränkisch Vom Kalk 2021 (Burgenland, Austria)
Red | Blaufränkisch

A down-to-earth red: fruity without being too superficial, persistent without being too demanding. It is the house wine, the neighbourhood wine, the friendship wine – one that everybody wants to pour in the glass – a perfect meal companion or to be enjoyed solo with a good conversations and silent thoughts. 

High-toned, bright, black cherry in the nose leading to a nice density despite its slight frame. Lushly-fruited and filled with tart fruit skin, cherry pit bitterness, ginger spice, and saline, pungent, and chalky mineral nuances.

Pairing suggestion: enjoy this wine with smoked sausage, red potato goulash, and cheesy spaetzle dumplings.

 

About the Winery

Markus Altenburger

The Altenburger family has farmed land in and around Jois since the 16th century. Their vineyards are only half an hour from Vienna, but seemingly in another cosmos altogether. 

Markus is fascinated by Blaufränkisch – the red grape of Burgenland. He works with massal selections from his Gritschenberg vineyard's old vines. There, loose clusters and small berries are well adapted to the dry Pannonian summers. The grapes express the schist for fruiter wines charming in their youth, as well as the 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.