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 Leithaberg DAC

Sometimes Markus’ Leithaberg is a blend of different sites, but in 2012 it is all from the Steinäcker vineyard. The grapes were hand harvested in the middle of October, destemmed, mashed and fermented in stainless steel. After malolactic, the wine was moved and aged in 1600L wooden casks for twenty-two months. This wine is brambly, juicy and shows its limestone soil with a mineral cut. Only 2800 bottles were produced.

  • 2012
  • Blaufränkisch
  • Leithaberg DAC Reserve
  • Austria
  • Burgenland
  • Leithaberg
  • Certified Organic
  • Steinäcker
  • Southeast
  • Chalky loam
  • 22 months 1600L neutral oak cask
  • Oak vats
  • 750 ml

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