Straka | Blaufränkisch, Amphora Red
A "Pinot-esque" Austrian tradition
Crunchy, fruity, easy to drink, slight pepper to balance the fruit, and a hint of earthiness. Many consider it "Pinot-esque" because of the natural acidity. This Blaufränkisch is unique in that it is grown on intensely volcanic soils and made in a super old-school, natural way (aging in Georgian clay amphora, no added sulfur, no fining or filtering).
This is a different approach to a classic Austrian varietal, Blaufränkisch, which can be very tannic and often needs time to soften. This winemaker does a short maceration (time the wine spends soaking with its skins) before aging the wine in large clay amphora pots. An elegant, vibrant style of this grape. Serve chilled!
Eisenberg, Burgenland, Austria
Blaufränkisch is a parent grape of Gamay and this style is similarly bold in flavor and lower in tannin. Great with cheese and charcuterie, a nice BBQ companion, or serve this with your favorite pizza right out of the oven.
Located in the Eisenberg district of Burgenland, Straka is a small Austrian family winery embracing a philosophy of pure and natural winemaking at their 84 year old family estate. Tom took over the estate in 2008, turning the focus to organic viticulture and minimal intervention in the cellar. He is part of the new wave of forward-thinking winemakers in Austria, embracing biodiversity and other tenets of biodynamics philosophy. Eisenberg is a unique geological area where the foothills of the Alps meet the Pannonian lowlands and is comprised of metamorphic, magmatic rock and crystal schist. One of only 3 places in the world with this soil composition. The deep rooted vines naturally show a distinct mineral character and a compelling purity of fruit. This translates to wines with uncharacteristic freshness for the Blaufränkisch grape variety!