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 2017 Blaufränkisch “vom Kalk”

This is Markus’ entry-level blaufränkisch, grown on limestone rich soils (kalk). Grapes are fully destemmed (not crushed) and undergo spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel tanks for approximately 3 weeks. The wine is then aged on its lees for twelve months in 2000L neutral casks prior to bottling.

  • 2017
  • Blaufränkisch
  • Leithaberg
  • Austria
  • Burgenland
  • Leithaberg
  • under Organic conversion
  • Southeast
  • Chalky loam, limestone
  • 12 months neutral oak cask
  • Stainless steel
  • 750 ml

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