2014 Kalk und Schiefer Nittnaus
Kalk (meaning Chalk) and Schiefer (Slate) comes from 12 vineyards all around the town of Jois, which is what this Blaufrankisch is grown on, giving great minerality and focus to the deep, bright fruit. 2014 was a tricky year in this part of Austria where the sunshine is usually so reliable. In fact a cool spring and then a sporadically wet early summer slowed things right down. The results though are superb, thanks to the Nittnaus family's excellent management of the vines. Less broad than the 2013 - this has a beautiful piquant cherry skin zip and a gorgeous - fresher red fruited middle. Delicious drinking - reminiscent of a serious Beaujolais village - but with attitude - delicious. L&S (Oct 2016)
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Blaufrankisch always reminds me of cru Beaujolais, so it's not surprising to learn that it is from the Gamay family. This one has more substance than your average Beaujolais with riper red and black fruit, but still that juicy purity. Rating: 90 Christelle Guibert, Decanter (Sep 2016)
Hans Nittnaus was introduced to us by Bert Salomon, and we love his red wines. No attempt here to make international wines from foreign grape varieties, which is not what we were looking for from Austria. These are indigenous wines reflecting the 'terroir' of the region. He is undoubtedly a supremely fine red wine maker, and is now following biodynamic practices which will lead to official certification from the 2007 vintage.
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