This wine takes its name from the grape variety. Lemberger/Kekfrankos are synonyms from surrounding countries. Believed to originate in modern day Austria’s Mittelburgenland region, of the indigenous varieties, the late-ripening Blaufrankisch is not very demanding when it comes to soil. It tolerates chalky soils. But the truth is that it prospers best in deep, fertile loess-clay soils. Typical Austrian Blaufrankisch shows a restrained, old world style.
Pair with medium rare rosemary dijon mustard and garlic rack of lamb with crispy fried onion rings and whole wheat spaetzle, and dressed with balsamic cauliflower florets dusted with paprika.
Gernot and Heike Heinrich founded their winery in 1990 with 2 ½ acres of vineyard purchased from Gernot”s family. His early work in the family winery, like most of that generation, was purely an agricultural pursuit with goals more related to quantity production. Gernot”s parents had wished their son would choose a different path, because unlike him, they could not see the potential for great wines to be produced from this area. Just over a decade later, the Heinrich”s were recognized with the prestigious Falstaff ”Winemaker of the Year” award. The philosophy at the winery is as transparent and pure as their wines. Their initial challenges were no comparison to the joy and some measure of freedom it gave Gernot & Heike to make a fresh start for the area. That joy and bravery still drives them both today, as they look across Lake Neusiedl to Leithaberg for their next challenge.