For those new to cool climate reds, a great introduction is this ”Vision” in Red and it’s a 94 Point closeout steal! We snapped up a closeout deal on a great, “under the radar” wine we could not pass up! This is a wine for both connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike!
Blaufrankisch is a red grape also known as Lemberger in Germany, Kekfrankos in Hungary, and Franconia in Italy, whose homeland is eastern Austria. Taste-wise, think of it as a taste/body/character of Burgundian Pinot, Northern Rhône Syrah and Nebbiolo from Piedmont. Take the spice of Côte Rôtie, the aromatics and tannic structure of Barolo and the intrigue and finesse of red Burgundy, and you’ve got the idea.
Our Wine Staff immensely enjoyed tasting this special, high-altitude Austrian red full of blackberry, black cherry, and marionberry flavors. Mid-weight on the palate, it shows a hint of fennel, carob nibs and a silky, long finish. The tannins are silky and well-integrated, adding just a touch of firmness to the structure, keeping this finely woven and balanced overall. The finish presents inviting notes of graphite, kirsch and mineral. A powerful, yet finely balanced wine.
Reunion Vision comes from the cool terroir of the Neckenmarkt, one of the leading viticultural villages of the Mittelburgenland appellation in southeastern Austria. The Neckenmarkt area has an extremely distinctive terroir: it sits within a broad basin protected by mountains to the north, west, and south, with vineyards perched at altitudes exceeding 1,600 feet. The Hochberg vineyard, where it comes from specifically, has an alpine locale with a rocky sub-surface that provides good heat storage. The wines here show a mediumbodied character, clear structure and minerality. This is a joint venture between winemakers Gerald Wieder of the Neckenmarkt Winery and Gerhard Kracher. Gerhard, son of Alois Kracher, Jr., was one of the most successful winemakers in Austria. Gerhard learned from his legendary father, and took over winemaking at their family winery after his father’s untimely passing.
The wine undergoes spontaneous fermentation in open wooden vats and without the addition of selected yeasts. The wine spends four weeks on the mash and undergoes malolactic fermentation during this period as well. It is then transferred into small barrels made of new, lightly toasted oak. As with the Reunion Passion, this wine remains on the fine lees during the first months of maturing. The maturation period lasts for 16 months in new barriques. The Reunion Vision will come on the market in the summer or fall of the third year following the harvest.
WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "From 40- to 45-year-old vines in the Hochberg and with very small berries, the dark 2015 Blaufränkisch Vision offers very deep, ripe, intense and super concentrated dark fruit on the toasty nose. Fermented in a 1,000-liter oak vat and aged in 100% new small oak barrels for 16 months, this is a full-bodied and rich, very elegant and refreshingly pure red with great vitality, grip and length. There are some hints of a dry Douro red, but in fact, this is a great Blaufränkisch from the (Middle) Burgenland. This is an impressive Blaufränkisch with power, finesse and vitality. The aftertaste is incredibly fresh and pure, full of tension and character. Gosh, this is a great wine, although the 2015 is only slowly starting to open up. This is a giant that I terribly underrated as a barrel sample a year ago. If only this wine would be released three to five years after the harvest like a Rioja Grande Reserva, Austria would have another great Blaufränkisch to adore. Without any doubt, this 2015 will still be a great wine in ten and even in 15 years. Tasted from the bottle in December 2018."
DECANTER 92 POINTS - "Fermented with natural yeasts and aged in new barriques, this wine comes from the outstanding Hochberg vineyard. It’s very deep in colour, with rich, suave, blackberry aromas and a stylish, oaky imprint. Plump and concentrated, it shows a weight of fruit balanced by fresh acidity. Fine length."