Markus Altenburger 2017 Blaufränkisch Gritschenberg
These are the estate's oldest vines at 50+ years of age and Markus has only one hectare here, planted by his grandfather, but the vineyard is his muse; and all of Markus’ more recent plantings of Blaufruänkisch are taken from cuttings in these vines in the Gritschenberg vineyard. The soils here are rocky Leithakalk, a type of shell-limestone that brings structure, length, and texture to the wine. Markus’ destems the grapes and ferments them spontaneously for approximately 4-5 weeks in open wood fermenters. Afterward the wine spends 2 years on its lees, without racking, in 500L barrels. No fining and no filtration, approximately 1300 bottles produced annually.
- Leithaberg DAC Reserve
- Leithakalk (shell limestone)
- Certified Organic by LACON
- Oak vats
- 2 years 500L neutral oak barrels
- 750 ml