Always highly coveted and greatly revered by critics, this very rare case of Wiesler Blaufrankisch from the Saybritz Vineyard in Eisenberg was special ordered nearly six months ago, and has just arrived. I am told by the importer this is the only case for California.
Blaufränkisch (German for blue Frankish) is a dark-skinned variety of grape used for red wine, and particularly predominant in the Eisenberg. Blaufränkisch, which is a late-ripening variety, produces red wines typically dense in structure and rich in tannin, often exhibiting a pronounced spiciness. Characterised by deep wood berry or cherry tones, which are punctuated by its natural fresh acidity. The wines are often impetuous in their youth, but develop velvety facets when sufficiently ripe.
When Christoph Wachter started in 2010 at just 22 years of age, he stopped using herbicides and pesticides entirely. Today, he is one of only three producers in Südburgenland who is farming organically and is certified as of the 2018 vintage.
The wines of Eisenberg / Sudburgenland are very unique expressions of Blaufrankisch grown because the vines are planted on green schist and the climate is much cooler than Mittelburgenland where most Baufrankisch comes from the limestone soils.
“Christoph Wachter is a leading producer in the Eisenberg DAC and handcrafts very fine wines of great purity and elegance. Without a doubt, these are great Austrian red wines.” – Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate.
“The Eisenberg 2017 Blaufränkisch Ried Saybritz offers an intense and coolish, elegant juniper bouquet intertwined with dark berry aromas. Juicy, refined and salty on the palate, this is a silky textured, refined and tensioned red with salt and pepper on the finish. The tannins are finely grained and fresh, pure and Pinot-esque. Drink 2021-2035.” – 94+ points, Wine Advocate (May 2021) – SR