Wachter Wiesler Blaufrankisch Eisenberg Bela-Joska 2017 (750ml)

Wachter Wiesler Blaufrankisch Eisenberg Bela-Joska 2017 (750ml)


90 pts Wine Spectator
Refined and graceful, with rooibos tea, rich raspberry and sandalwood notes. A streak of iron extends on the backend, providing minerally support, while soft tannins give this structure and balance. Drink now through 2025

The winery named this Blaufränkisch after family fathers Béla Wachter and Jóska Wiesler; the fruit is from each family's vineyards in Deutsch-Scheützen and Eisenberg. The vines average between thirty and fifty years old. Aged for thirteen months in large wooden barrels (500 – 3000 liters).

Christoph Wachter began working at his family winery in 2008 when he was just twenty years old. He took over full responsibility in 2010, and now farms sixteen hectares of vineyards in Südburgenland, in the towns of Eisenberg and Deutsch Schützen. His credo, "Wine is the most interesting, natural, and authentic when you recognize its origin. After that, all of our efforts are aligned - and so our grapes grow as close to nature and with as little outside influence as possible. The character comes entirely from the soils of Deutsch-Schützen and Eisenberg."

When Wachter started in 2010, he stopped using herbicides and pesticides entirely. Today, he is one of only three producers in Südburgenland who is farming organically and is certified as of the 2018 vintage. In 2012, he studied biodynamic farming for two years and he applies some biodynamic techniques today. He allows the weeds to grow in his vineyards, as they attract beneficial insects and eventually return to the soil as nutrients themselves. Rather than add fertilizer, he leaves the vines to extract what they need from the soil itself, thus instilling the wines with minerality and allowing them to express their unique terroir. Only native yeasts are used in the cellar. Wachter ferments his wines twenty to thirty percent whole-cluster, and ages in large barrels that allow the wines to mature gracefully without obscuring them with oak flavors.

His cuvee Bela-Joska remains the flagship of the winery. It's named after his two grandfathers and the cuvee was first bottled in 1992. He modestly admits that this is perhaps the best vintage that he has made to date.

The Wachter-Wiesler wines are some of the most exciting red wines made in Austria today. Wachter-Wiesler wines have a silky texture, floral aromatics, great energy, and elegance - truly Blaufränkisch at its finest.

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