Johannes Trapl, Blaufränkisch Prellenkirchen, Carnuntum, Austria, 2017
The driven winemaker Johannes Trapl grows traditional Austrian varieties organically in the region of Carnuntum.
Johanne's organic journey began over 10 years ago with the initial goal being to have all of his vineyards certified, his attention has now turned to biodynamic practices. Devoted to plant diversity and vineyard care, his grapes are carefully watched as they reach a steady, healthy ripeness. This natural, low tech approach is continued in the winery where grapes for his premium wines are foot-trodden and then naturally fermented before being aged in amphoras to help bring to life the efforts and attention shown in the vineyard.
This wine stems from vines up to 38 years old vines that thrive on Danube gravel, loess, loam and limestone soils that dominate the geology around Stixneusiedl and Prellenkirchen. The density of vines is 3000 - 5500 vines/ha, and are 100% organic. Biodynamic farming is also in place.
Grapes are manually harvested in small crates and carefully sorted by hand again in the winery. 80% of the grapes were destemmed and trodden by foot. The remaining 20% were trodden on the stems. Fermentation began on the mash and concluded in barrels. After 6 to 10 days maceration, the mash was pressed gently. The 12-month maturation took place in 500-litre barrels. No cultivated yeasts, bacteria or fining agents were used during vinification.
Type: 500 Litre Austrian Oak
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: None
Dark ruby with purple highlights. Delicate black cherry, intense herbal spice, subtle liquorice and a touch of tangerine zest. Complex and mineral with a superbly balanced acidity and tannin structure.
Lamb, wild duck and venison.
6 x 75cl