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Gwäss (Gouais Blanc) - Blaufränkisch - Cabernet Sauvignon

Gwäss (Gouais Blanc) - Blaufränkisch - Cabernet Sauvignon

Gwäss, or Gouais Blanc, can easily be called the ancestral Casanova grape. It is one of a few grape varieties that seem to appear in the family or just about every interesting variety out there. And until not that long ago, it'd been lost. And it was rescue, as these things go, by stubborn Swiss mountain winemakers.
Blaufränkisch is considered by many to be the most impressive Austrian red grape. A dark-berried variety which produces wines of real character, which are deeply fruity with fine acidity, good tannins and with typical flavours of liquorice and dark berries.
We have superb examples of Cabernet Sauvignon from Switzerland, Austria, Italy and some incredible top-end wines from Israel.

Gwäss is indeed a rare grape. In 1994 a mere 1.35 hectares were cultivated commercially in the Valais. Gwäss is the name given in Haut-Valais, Switzerland, for Gouais Blanc, also known as Président in France. Confusingly, it has a second Valasian name – Noir Valais.

Light yellow in colour, it has a lemon scented nose with grapefruit and green apple on the palate with some herbal notes and potentially high levels of acidity. It can age very well and the maturity acts to soften the acidity. Chanton’s 1991 is a particularly good example. Unfortunately, you will have to visit their vineyard to beg a sample!

Gwäss is a white grape variety that is believed to have originated in Croatia and which is important as the ancestor of many modern French and German wine varieties. This may have been the grape given to the Gauls by Probus (Roman Emperor 276-282), who overturned Domitian's decree banning grape growing north of the Alps. By the Middle Ages it was the most widely grown white grape in north east France and in central Europe. Gouais blanc was the grape of the peasantry - indeed the name Gouais derives from the old French ‘gou’, a term of derision befitting its traditional status as the grape of the peasants. Normally growing on flat land next to the better slopes where the nobility grew Pinot.

Having been widely grown in proximity to Pinot, the two varieties had many opportunities to cross and Gwäss is the parent to over eighty other varieties, the better known of which are modern day Chardonnay, Aligoté, Auxerrois, Gamay, Colombard and Riesling. The name Gwäss was first recorded in 1823. It's a vigorous high-yielding variety and traditionally produced wines with high acidity. Some stories tell that the Gwäss vines were planted around the edges of fields with other vines to protect them from thieves, the grapes being so acidic it put them off!

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  • Blaufränkisch Classic Günter & Regina Triebaumer

    Spicy, dense and quite simply delicious.
  • Blaufränkisch Reserve Günter & Regina Triebaumer

    Deep dense dark Blaufränkisch - if you want to impress, get this one
  • Rosé of Blaufränkisch Reserve Günter & Regina Triebaumer

    Refreshing, long, rich and not quite dry. Converts people to rosé!
  • Douce Noire Domaine des Abeilles d'Or

    Silk and cashmere in a glass
  • Blaufränkisch Kulm Heidi Schroeck

    The mineral side of Blaufränkisch
  • Junge Löwen Heidi Schroeck

    Crunchy fresh Blaufrankisch - ages surprisingly well too
  • Rubin Carnuntum Franz / Christine Netzl

    A delicious Zweigelt, more complex than the Zweigelt Classic
  • Blaufränkisch Leithaberg DAC Weingut Kiss

    Perfect Now

    Out of stock

  • Gwäss Chanton Wein

    The casanova grape
  • Blaufränkisch Rusterwald Heidi Schroeck

    The elegant side of Blaufränkisch

    Out of stock

  • Eiswein Pinot Noir / Blaufränkisch Nittnaus

    Eiswein from red grapes. Intense

    Out of stock

  • Blaufränkisch GEN Alexs

    unique wine made from a young vineyard's first real harvest. Can never be repeated.
  • Blaufränkisch Cabernet Günter & Regina Triebaumer

    The way to approach Blaufrankisch
  • Plachen Günter & Regina Triebaumer

    Out of stock

  • Blaufränkisch Bakobel Weingut Kiss

  • Riedenthal Reserve Weingut Breitenfelder

    Seriously good blend

    Out of stock

  • Cuvée XXI Weingut Christ

    Vienna Bordeaux Blend - a bargain!
  • Cabernet Merlot Premium Weingut Christian Fischer

    A magnificent Cabernet Merlot blend from Fischer - grab it while you can.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon Franz / Christine Netzl

    Austrian Cabernet, prepare to be deliciously surprised

    Out of stock

  • Cabernet Fût de Chêne 9/9 Cave de Geneve

    Fresh yet intense Cabernet from Geneva.
  • Anna Christina Franz / Christine Netzl

    Always amongst the best reds in Austria.
  • Electus Valais Mundi

    A wine created to raise expectations about Swiss wine to a whole new level.
  • Grain Noir Marie-Therese Chappaz

    Cabernet and Merlot in Alpine purity
  • Sankt Georgener Weingut Moric

    ALL GONE, drank the last one March 3rd 2017, sorry :)

    Out of stock

  • Gradenthal Weingut Christian Fischer

    Out of stock

  • Cabernet Franc Margalit

    Exceptional Cult Cabernet
  • Cabernet Sauvignon Margalit

    Cult Cabernet Sauvignon

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The Best Hunnish Grape

The name Blaufränkisch comes from the Middle Ages & the late Holy Roman Empire. Back then it was fashionable to think that everything good came from the original emperor, Charlemagne, and everything lesser came from the local Germanic/Eastern stock. So everything was classified into "Frankisch" and "Hunnisch".

Blaufränkisch, being a much favoured grape, was declared "The Quintessential Frankisch Wine".

It was of course, an early example of marketing, as ironically, DNA analysis has proven it was very much a local hunnish grape.

PS: In Germanic traditions the grapes are named on what colour they look like when ripe, rather than the colour of the wine they make. Hence most of the red wine grapes are called "blue", as they look blueish in the vineyard. In French traditions, they use the same logic and call the red grapes "black" (if you wipe the blue grape clean, it is black underneath).

Lineage

It is not known precisely where Blaufränkisch originated, but through DNA profiling it can be narrowed down to Austria, Hungary or Dalmatia.

Blaufränkisch is a child of Gwäss and a parent of Zweigelt and Blauer Portugieser amongst others. It has a seriously good lineage (juiceline?).

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