Markus Altenburger

Leithaberg | Jois

Markus Altenburger is stoking a building fascination with Leithaberg wines. His vineyards (now in the third year of organic conversion) perch at Austria’s far eastern edge, where vast, shallow Lake Neusiedl and the low Leitha mountain range wrangle for influence. Markus wants his wines to express this Pannonian-meets-Alpine tension along with the subtleties of distinctive limestone and slate soils through a small handful of native and traditional Austrian varieties, now more red than white. He is focused on blaufränkisch, a narrow range of now-rare native white varieties and old-vine chardonnay, and distinctly Austrian styles of rosé.

Markus Altenburger 2012 Blaufränkisch Gritschenberg

These are the estate's oldest vines at about 40 years of age and Markus has only one hectare here, but the vineyard is his muse. This wine makes a statement. It certainly has power, but it’s also silky and generous. It has the classic mineral spine found in the best of the Leithaberg wines, but it is also a ripe tannic grip for structure. Only 1200 bottles were produced.

  • 2012
  • Blaufränkisch
  • Leithaberg DAC Reserve
  • Austria
  • Burgenland
  • Leithaberg
  • Certified Organic
  • Gritschenberg
  • Southeast
  • Leithakalk (shell limestone)
  • 2 years 500L neutral oak barrels
  • Oak vats
  • 750 ml

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