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Lenz Moser Blaufränkisch Country: Austria  Region: Burgenland  Grape: Blaufränkisch

The Lenz Moser Estate Winery is located in Rohrendorf, in Burgenland, in the easternmost of Austria, on the edge of Central Europe’s vast Pannonian Plain. It also operates the castle winery of the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta in Mailberg (Weinviertel) and the Klosterkeller (cloistral cellar) in Siegendorf (Burgenland).

Additionally, Lenz Moser has a symbiotic working relationship with nearly 3,000 winegrowers from the area, most of them small farmers. This insures that a sufficient supply of grapes for their winery is available, while their experienced oenologists  offer professional support to the growers. Lenz Moser has been on the cutting edge of winemaking innovations since its inception. Milestones include: 1987, started organically fermenting all red wines; 2000, instituted chemical-free bottling and sterilization; 2004, was the first Austrian winery to be certified according to the International Food Standard (IFS).

Their selection this month is 100% Blaufränkisch, a dark violet in the glass. Its flavor profile is spicy with notes of blackberry with a lovely fruit glace. Mighty tannins back a full body, guaranteeing a great red with lots of potential. Enjoy now, at room temperature or slightly chilled with lamb, pork cutlets or a cheeseburger.

BLAUFRÄNKISCH — A dark-skinned, late-ripening variety, it produces red wines which are typically rich in tannin with a pronounced spicy character. It is grown principally in Austria and, under a variety of names, across Central Europe. In America, the grape is grown in Idaho, Washington state and in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, where, as in Germany, this beautiful fruit is known as Lemberger.

 

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