From a "spectacularly unspectacular place," says Roland Velich of Lutzmannsburg, from where a wine of such class and distinction should by rights have arisen. This wine represents a selection made from the oldest vines. The Lutzmannsburger plateau arose on top of a primordial volcano, and here the landscape encompasses a variety of soils: sand, clay and loam, in part lying above limestone subsoils. These confer an incomparably unique expression upon the Blaufränkisch, which manifests Itself ideally in this wine. This wine has been harvested from ten separate parcels, all picked and fermented separately. After ten months élevage in casks, the initial blend is made, upon which the wine enjoys an additional twelve months in the barrel.
60-100+ year old vines. 17 hectolitres per hectare yield. About 20% whole bunches in 2015. 23-28 days maceration, spontaneous fermentation in open fermenters and wooden vats. 24 months élevage in 500-4000 litre casks. No fining. No filtration. No additives, except tiny quantities of sulfites. As a result of that, all of the Moric wines are vegan.
Roland reckons the '15 is the best wine he's ever produced from here, and that's saying something. The nose shows blue flowers, black cherries and serious peppery spice along with those gravelly earth tones. It seems tightly balled up at first but then unfurls and builds, subtly but so assuredly, in concentration and fine tannins. By the end you have an immense volume of fruit layered through with spice and mineral inflections. Superb clarity and length. - Ed Merrison