|Article number:||Moric Hausmarke Rot 16|
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Winemaker Roland Velich describes himself as "hardcore", and comes from a winemaking family, having spent several years working with his brother at the family winery, absorbing the process intellectually, but still not quite finding the inspiration he sought. That inspiration came in the form of Burgundies and Barolos, iconic terroir-driven wines that he tasted, compelling him to examine the potential of wines closer to home. He set out to make an Austrian red that would be the equal of those Grand Cru Burgundies, Barolos, and Northern Rhône masterpieces, using the blaufränkisch, zweigelt, and pinot noir grapes that thrive in the challenging Burgenland region. Old vines, meticulous viticulture (he chooses not to seek organic or biodynamic certification but practices many of their principles), militant sorting, and relatively primitive winemaking techniques that echo those used in Burgundy all add up to a well-deserved reputation. Moric wines are indeed in a league of their own, unlike anything else in Austria. Intended as a table-style wine, the Hausmarke is composed of 50% zweigelt (itself a cross between blaufränkisch and St. Laurent), with 30% blaufränkisch and 20% pinot noir. The character of this cuvée, however, is very much blaufränkisch, albeit one with a playful bent. Fresh, lively and medium-bodied, this explodes with red and dark fruit, accented with notes of crushed herbs and deep, complex forest floor flavors. Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.