Samt & Seide 2015
Site & soil
The grapes for this wine originate exclusively from south-facing slopes on the Spitzerberg in the winegrowing region Carnuntum. The Spitzerberg is the westernmost extension of the Carpathian Mountains; the core of the mountain is granite, and here the primordial sea has deposited a thick layer of limestone. In some spots one may even find some schist.
The Spitzerberg is a protected nature preserve, being home to many rare and endangered plants that grow here on the barren rock, covered by only a scant layer of earth.
The Spitzerberg is a very dry place, where abundant rock can be seen on the surface; rainfall during the year rarely exceeds 300–500 mm. These conditions are responsible for very small yields, and the wines are marked by minerality and usually become accessible only two to three years after harvest.
Harvest & vinification
Dorli Muhr and Dirk van der Niepoort love the finesse and complexity of the limestone-sculpted Blaufränkisch wines, which can always be recognised by their dense yet fine structure, just like silk. When grapes from younger vines are used, the silky mineral structure is rounded out with soft and velvety body. Hence the name of this wine: Samt & Seide means Velvet & Silk, which is also a way to describe a generously rounded yet very elegant flavour.
The grapes for this wine grow on vines aged between ten and thirty years. They are harvested immediately after having reached full maturity, avoiding any jammy aromas and focussing on the brilliant fresh character of Blaufränkisch.
The grapes are vinified in a very gentle fashion, without any pumpover, not adding any cultured yeasts. The maceration is very slow and natural. All together, the winemaking is the same as that which was practiced many decades before. The wine matured in oak vats for sixteen months before being released. The result is a wine that is characterised by deep and complex fruit aromas, a charming yet elegant Blaufränkisch driven by a refreshing acidity.
2015 was an extremely dry and hot summer. The challenge was to conserve precise fruit, refreshing acidity and the typical agile grace that is customarily provided by limestone. We selected very severely, taking away every single overripe berry.Download
- Varities Blaufränkisch 100%
- Alcohol 13,3%
- Residual Sugar 1g
- Tartaric Acid 5,1g
- Bottles 8.000 / 0,75l.
- Wine Specatator 91
- Robert Parker Wine Advocate 91+
- Wine Enthusiast 93