Claus Preisinger - 2019 Blaufrankisch
Claus Preisinger's wines tell stories. If you pay attention, you'll catch evocative tales of the grapes, soil, sun and life embalmed in each bottle. Driven by a mantra of purity, minimalism and a free spirit, Claus has been making wine on the north shore of Lake Neusiedl in the tiny Burgenland town of Gols since 2002. His vineyards have been biodynamic since 2006, and he grows mostly native grape varieties such as Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt, Grüner Veltliner and St. Laurent. Claus hand-picks his grapes and doesn't use any cultivated yeast, with minimal to no sulphur. He likes to age his wines in amphorae rather than wooden barrels, to best express the personalities of grape and soil – protagonists in his liquid narratives.
Claus' 2019 Blaufrankisch is a luminous exemplar of the variety. It's so bright you'll need to wear sunglasses. A light body laced with sensual red fruits – cherry, rasberry, cranberry and more cherry – keeps your lips glued to the glass. Meanwhile, intimate layers of blueberry, plum, florals, leather and earth slowly reveal themselves, carried in the palm of exceptional minerality. It's elegant, but not without a primordial grit. CLAUS IS GROUSE.
Variety Blaufrankisch || Region Burgenland, Austria || ABV 12% || Vol 750ml