Surrounded by eighteenth-century mulberry trees, this south-facing site lies at an elevation of 360 meters above sea level. It is located in Ritzing, making it the most westerly vineyard of Central Burgenland. Climatically it is our coolest site; the soil and the southern orientation, however, provide warmth. In former times quicklime was produced here, which accounts for the high pH levels in the soil.
A wine that challenges the palate – invigorating and youthful. A hint of bright berry fruit. The tannins of this Blaufränkisch become more delicate. They intermingle with the acidity and in this way produce a vibrating, almost electrifying finish. This combination is grippy on the palate and reminiscent of chalk dust.
Selected hand harvest. Spontaneous fermentation. After two weeks of maceration ageing in 500 liter wooden barrels for 20 months. Natural malolactic fermentation.
data sheet: Kalkofen 2015
tasting notes by Emily Campeau
Darkness, take my hand. I am scared and attracted by the dark. Kalkofen is so complex that it is almost scary. Everything about this wine is like diving in a deep cave filled with a mix of blue and purple fruits, dried herbs, a couple of new leather belts, one small dog and sunburnt bricks. All the elements you need to have a good party. Kalkofen is a powerful site, but was handled to have an earthiness that keeps you grounded coupled to a carefully knitted structure of tannins that stick to you just long enough for you to reach out to a piece of dry sausage in the fridge.
This wine is already showing its aging potential, it is built to last and to grow older with you. I’d have it tonight, in 5 years, in 10 years and will be happy every steps of the way.