Brambly, blackberry fruited nose, ripe palate but with loads of acids and minerals that keep it fresh. Stays the course and finishes more on the creamy/lactic side. Lots of drinking pleasure, if maybe not the most complex (yet).
Wild raspberries on the nose – redolent of cab franc, almost – quite herbal and almost animal. Deliciously tart fruit and fine tannins, great to see that Markus has really backed off on the oak in recent years. There’s a rustic element here, but also a lot of typicity and fruit expression.
Quite tannic and feels a little developed already. Perfumed fruit aromas mixed with a hint of blood or iron. Quite woody but there’s a lot of drive and energy here. Tannins are a bit dominant right now.
Earthy, spice-tinged nose, tingles the palate with crushed berries and fine structure. Wonderfully typical Blaufränkisch fruit with the desired sour cherry note. Fresh and tight, already drinking well but definitely one to age.
Very pretty herb-tinged raspberry and cherry aromas. Youthful and fruit focused, but certainly not simple or fey – lovely creamy texture on the finish, subtle structure and great harmony. A real charmer
Pin-sharp definition and gorgeous fruit expression, with a real feeling of ripeness and heat. Quite grippy, with hints of dried herb and a slightly woody finish. Not the most elegant of Chistoph’s single vineyards, but still very fine.
Again quite earthy and almost feral nose – staying on the right side of characterful. A hint of caramel/rum ‘n’ raisin suggests oak, but it doesn’t get in the way of some lively Blaufränkisch fruit. The sourness and the tannins lack harmony though. Jangled nerves.
This is a fascinating comparison with the regular Ried Szapary from Thom Wachter – a smidge more concentration, darker fruit and more herbal/hay notes. Superbly fresh and lively, the fruit is tight yet rich in minerals, iron and woodsmoke. Exciting, pin-sharp stuff, thaht shows Blaufränkisch at its very best – without make up.