Distinctly dark purple – showing a real violet rim, intensive viscosity, ripe cassis matches with intensive heart cherry aromas, cool appearance dominated by ripe black berries, the humidor of a 3-torch restaurant, fresh thyme and Valrhona 70%, red currant tart and pleasant toasting flavours. Slight notes of After Eight deriving from the Cabernet franc.
Dry, finely structured with a pronounced creamy fruit, stewed cherries with cloves, matching tannins, some liquorice sweets and Manner waffles, dried plumbs and preserved Kornel cherries, always at the juicy side, pleasant finish of a charming food companion, a touch of wilderness embodies the cool-elegant composure. Could easily go for a reserve quality – being a 2017 vintage.
Fried porcini with pumpkin seed mayonnaise, strudel of curry sausage, fried radicchio with olive oil of top-quality, herb risotto with black trumpets, spare ribs and white beans, beetroot risotto with smoked or sheep cheese, ideal companion to main dishes, roasted steaks, rich brochettes “Hotzenplotz” yet suitable for vegetarians. Pepperonata with intensive smoked bacon or pork burger. Penne with lentils, leek & parsley. Home-made cheese- caraway sticks or nut bread with summer butter and smoked sea salt, Christmas cake with bacon and smoked almonds, with ripe Montafon cheese or Wilder from Walde (CH) and much more. Heartily intense.
Harvested end of September to the beginning of October 2017 manually into small boxes: Blaufränkisch – mostly from the single vineyards Eden and Bandkräftn, Cabernet from the single vineyards Gillesberg and Ritter – both slaty sites.
Separate harvest, closed mash fermentation at a temperature of 32 °C (92 °F) and some additional days of skin contact, gentle pressing, BAD, maturation in 300 l oak barrels, mostly first filling, for 12 months.