2009 Pfneiszl Kékfrankos Sopron
The Pfneiszl Winery in Sopron is owned and managed by two sisters Birgit and Katrin Pfneiszl. Pfneiszl is a young winery on old lands. Or actually, it's an old winery on its own old lands if that makes any sense. You see, Pfneiszl (or Pfneisl depending on which side of the Hungarian/Austrian border you're on), is an old family winery based in both Hungary and Austria. It's just that in Hungary, the 27 hectares that made up their wine growing lands were seized by the former communist regime of Hungary in the name of collectivization. After that happened, they had to "make due" with the 70 hectares that the family kept in Austria just on the other side of the border. In 1993, these lands were returned to the family after decades of pumping out cheap bulk wine that was mostly sold to Russia. Lucky for us, no more goes to Russia! The Kékfrankos was vinified and aged in stainless steel with 30% in old Hungarian barrique. The nose is very calm and mild. The body is easy to drink and rather light and typical of Kékfrankos from the region, but light blackberry tones give way to a touch of pepper and other spices that you can taste in the finish of this lovely wine. The 2009 Kekfrankos is the first certified organic wine of the Pfneiszl estate.