Blaufränkisch Reserve

Rating:
95.0000 % of 100
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Austria  Burgenland 

Deep purple with a dark cherry coloured rim, densely viscous.

Features Oaked, Reserve, Vegetarian and Vegan
Style Red, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Varieties
  • Alpine Wines Grape Varieties: Blaufränkisch
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Blaufränkisch Reserve 2016 75cl cl
£37.25
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Blaufränkisch Reserve 2014 75cl cl
£37.25
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Blaufränkisch Reserve 2011 75cl cl
£37.25
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Blaufränkisch Reserve 2017 75cl cl
£37.25
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A very substantial wine indeed with a hint of lively sweetness and good supporting minerality.

Huge and complex aromas of black cherries, elderberry, chocolate, oak bark, black pepper, sun-ripened blackberries, cedar, notes of blackthorn and juniper and even hints of red berries, especially strawberry.

Dry, powerfully structured with substantial smooth tannins seemingly covered with cherry chocolate.

Very long finish with good ageing potential.

Drink around 16-18°C.

Ben says of the 2009 (August 2016): I brought this wine out as it is coming with me to a private tasting in London. The aromas and flavours are described above. The cedar on the nose is coming through quite strongly and there is the slightest hint of cigar box starting to show. The black fruits on the palate are very concentrated, as is the chocolate. This is a perfect example of how Blaufränkisch can become a big, bold, wine and not, as often, fresh and fruity. The rosé made from these grapes (taken from the press after a few hours) is fantastic and it leaves the more concentrated juice behind to transform into this amazing treat.

Ben says of the 2011 (November 2018): Fabulous, just fabulous. The looks on people's faces as they tasted this were wonderful. This is sublime winemaking at it's very best where human meets grape in perfect symbiosis.

Ben says of the 2012 (December 2018): Another wonderful vintage (as if there are any that are not!). The oak is smoothed out perfectly. Still present but so subtle. Just pure gorgeousness in a glass.

Style Red, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Winemaker Günter & Regina Triebaumer
Country Austria
Region Burgenland
Features Oaked, Reserve, Vegetarian and Vegan
Aged In Barrel (old)
Closure Natural Cork
Varieties Blaufränkisch
Ripeness Normal
Winemaking Matured on the Lees, Unfiltered, Malolactic
Roast Goose with all the trimmings
Chorizo risotto, burger with bacon and coleslaw, bean stew with paprika, glazed beef cheeks, goose, wild boar, pecorino cheese,
Tasting Notes

In youth these wines show more fruit and bright spice character: Crisp cherries, Phoenician wood, Christmas spice and pepper with signature Rust minerality. Younger wines really benefit from a long decant upto 90 mins

With maturity: Oak, cinnamon, clove, black pepper, dark ripe cherries noth fresh and compote. Whilst mature wines also benefit from a decant they ofte need less time than the youthful wines, typically around 30 mins.

 

2016
Product Code 43TR0216
Size 75cl
Alcohol 14.5
Last Tasted 5 Jun 2019
mature evolution? No
Case Size 6
Closure Natural Cork
In a nutshell A perfect rich Blaufränkisch
2014
Product Code 43TR0214
Size 75cl
Alcohol 14.5
Last Tasted 18 Apr 2019
mature evolution? No
Keep Until 2027
Case Size 6
Closure Screwcap
2012
Product Code 4315035
Size 75cl
Alcohol 14.8
2011
Product Code 4313061
Size 75cl
Alcohol 15
Last Tasted 12 Nov 2020
mature evolution? No
Keep Until 2030+
Case Size 6
Closure Screwcap
In a nutshell A masterpiece. One case left
2009
Product Code 4330101
Size 75cl
2017
Product Code 43TR0217
Size 75cl
Alcohol 14.8
Last Tasted 21 Apr 2021
mature evolution? No
Case Size 6
Closure Screwcap
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The Reserve is and assemblage of  grapes from 4 single vineyards; Ried Plachen (loess) and Ried Oberer Wald (loam on chalk), Ried Riegelband and upper Bandkräften at the heart of the vineyard. Manual harvesting takes place at the end of September in to small boxes. 

Destemming and fermentation in closed staineless steel tanks at a temperature of around 29C for 14 days followed by 4 days of post fermentation maceration with gentle pressing, MLF and then maturation in 300L oak barrels approx.

Stylistically the Triebaumer's made a move away from too dominant an oak feature in these wines and so since 2016 they’ve reduced percentage in oak to accentuate fruit. A move that has been well received by buyers and critics alike.

30% from 2017, previously 50% new for 2012. The two components are then assembled large wooden casks for a short final maturation.

 

 

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