Claus Preisinger - 2020 Blaufränkisch

2020 Blaufränkisch

Burgenland, Austria 

Benevolent blueberries and chirpy cherries unite in this beautiful wine, hemmed also with some herbaceous and spicey threads. Silk pyjamas, smooth baby's bum. The Blaufränkisch is grown on limestone ‘Kalkstein’ soils, mostly from the Leithaberg site, which gives this wine a lifted, mineral personality.

Despite the modernity of Claus' striking winery (nestled in the village of Gols by Lake Neusiedlersee in Burgenland), everything is hands-off and inherently natural. Claus’ priority has always been to produce wine that is pure, balanced, and expressive of his terroir. His methods are guided by instinct rather than formula, and he is perpetually experimenting and evolving, making wine markedly different in style to the classic interpretations coming out of the region. Claus was one of the first Austrian winemakers to start experimenting with skin contact wines fermented in Georgian amphorae, and in 2004 he was one of the founding members of the Pannobile winemakers – a group that values respect for the land and terroir to preserve traditions in Burgenland.