Uwe Schiefer, Blaufränkisch Szapary DAC 2013

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    Austria

  • Region:

    Sudburgenland

  • ABV:

    13%

  • Grape:

    Blaufrankisch 100%

  • Grape Blend:

    Blaufrankisch

  • Winemaker:

    Uwe Schiefer

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Uwe Schiefer Blaufränkisch Szapary DAC 2013 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Blueberry, pepper, cinnamon and a seductive, gamy lift promise pleasure and unusual pervasiveness. The palate obliges with an incisive but plummy palate that brims with exuberant sprays of white pepper. An underlying coolness provides calm and serene freshness. The firm tannins structure is very fine and needs to mellow. What elegance, what spice, what slender concentration to look forward to. Individualistic but completely convincing. - Wine Enthusiast 96pts

Production Notes

A 4 ha parcel of the Eisenberg vineyard on iron-rich clay, loam, blue slate and quartz. Spontaneous fermentation with only indigenous yeasts, no added enzymes, no chaptalisation, no must treatment. Alcoholic fermentation in open tank for 14 days. Natural malolactic. Aged 12 months in 500L barrels, then 6 months in huge wooden barrels of 12-32hL. Unfined and unfiltered.

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Producer Profile

Sudburgenland is Austria's smallest and poorest wine producing region. It straddles the border with Hungary and there are approximately 460 hectares under vine, which are divided amongst 2400 grower, although the majority of these vignerons are working their vines as a hobby, tending them on weekends and evenings. Amongst the 400+ hectares is 120 hectares of vineyard called Eisenberg. It is regarded by many as the best site in Sudburgenland and it is predominantly here that Uwe Schiefer works with Blaufrankisch. The region benefits from a Pannonian climate, with low precipitation and warm air coming up from the south. In the 1990s, when land in the area was less desirable and, as such, affordable, Uwe Schiefer started to put together his estate. While others were put off by the steep, schistous hillsides of Eisenberg he saw potential. With iron-rich, slate soils predominating and no influence from the Danube, the weather and microclimate of the region are very different to that of more well-known regions further north, like the Wachau. Located further south, and with Eisenberg shaped like an amphitheatre, it is better suited to red varieties, in particular Blaufrankisch. This is a variety that Uwe feels can successfully display a sense of place and as such his winemaking philosophy is simple; less is more. He wants to express purity in his wines. From 2006 he started working some of his vineyard biodynamically, with the intention of gradually converting all his sites. He does buy in some grapes, around 20%, to supplement the estate grown fruit in his Eisenberg. Konigsberg comes from south west facing slopes and often shows more immediately seductive fruit than the mineral Eisenberg. The Reihburg is made from his oldest vines, grown on four sites that total no more than 1.8 hectares. This is a truly fine and ethereal wine, made for long-term ageing.