2015 Rosi Schuster Blaufränkisch Burgenland

SKU #1310833

Rosi Schuster was founded in 1979, the year that the parents of winemaker Hannes Schuster got married. The estate works with around 11 hectares of vines, the oldest of which are 60 years old. For a few years now Hannes and his mother Rosi have been focusing on Sankt Laurent, Blaufränkisch and Rotburger. They farm the vineyards organically and pursue small yields of exceptional fruit. Musts are fermented gently in wooden or stainless steel open-top fermenters. Both alcoholic and malolactic fermentations are spontaneous. The soils are quite diverse because the Schusters work in various villages in the surrounding areas. In the main these are sandy, loamy soils, limestone soils and clay-loam soils, with slate featuring to a lesser extent. Tasting notes: Dark in colour, with earth, spice and brambly fruit on the nose. Pure on the palate in a way that seems more honest than polished, shooting straight to the fruit and those peppery, gravelly, briary characters that Blaufränkisch does so well. Cleansing acidity and squeaky tannins make for a lively, moreish finale.

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Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/9/2018 | Send Email
If you have yet to try an Austrian red wine, try this Blaufrankisch as an introduction. The nose is lush with wild Oregon blackberries (have you ever tried one? Incredible), blueberries and a delightful herbal kick. Beautifully sleek texture and moderate tannins.​ Mineral notes are present thanks to the terroir (clay, limestone and sandy soils) of the Burgenland region and there is good acid profile which rounds this out nicely. If you enjoy a good Cru Beaujolais, some characteristics of this varietal aren't that far off. This is a great wine to cellar for a few years but you can absolutely enjoy this now. Decant for about 30 minutes and give it a slight chill. Try with trout, pork, chicken or any dish with a tomato-based sauce.

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