who grows the grapes at Weninger Balf? who makes the wines?
what wines do they make at Weninger Balf?
Franz believes that the region’s future fame depends on the expression Kekfrankos from different soil types. The result is that between the family’s estate a few miles away in Austria and their holdings in Sopron, they make six single vineyard wines from this grape. The differences are as clear, and as exciting, as those that we have found between soils types at Domaine de L’Ecu and Domaine de la Louvetrie in Muscadet.
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when did Weninger Balf start?
where is Weninger Balf?
why is Weninger Balf a Candid Wine? why might you try a bottle?
how is the wine made at Weninger Balf?
Franz feels that a lot of winemakers in Austria have been copying other areas – Bordeaux in the 1980’s with lots of tannin extraction and oxygenation, Burgundy in the 1990’s and now some try to copy Hermitage. As a result, there are few truly traditional wines being made. At Weninger, Franz tries to recreate the wines of his grandfather, which means relatively small, open fermenters, and a wide surface for the cap. Acknowledging the natural acid and tannin of the grape, he tries to limit extractions with shorter macerations and limited punchdowns.