The grapes for this wine come from a vineyard called ‘Neuberg’ – out of all
of Luka’s vineyards this is the closest to Neusiedlersee, the lake straddling the Austria- Hungary border whose climate-moderating influence is key to vinegrowing in the region. It is interesting to note that the particular clone of Blaufränkisch that is prevalent in this vineyard has slightly softer and thinner skins, and hence produces a more approachable, ‘friendlier’ style, though every bit as complex. 2017 was a very dry year, and due to the stress, the vines produced less grapes, smaller berries though more concentrated than other years.
Vinification: 1/3 whole bunch, 2/3 destemmed, fermented in steel for 10 days before pressing, no punchdowns, light infusion. In 2017 the wine was then transferred into 1x500L and 1x 600L barrels where it spent around 12 months with no racking until just before bottling. Minimal sulphites added prior to bottling, unfined, unfiltered.
Total production = 1300 bottles