Uwe is another Blaufränkisch man, with the potential to become the Blaufränkisch man. He is also Schist man, from both his name and the soils his 5.2 ha of vines grow in. The regular Eisenberg Blaufränkisch is made from bought-in grapes and aged only in large oak but is an excellent bright, pure, well-defined and unmanipulated example of the grape. From estate grapes Szapary is vinified in open-fermenters and aged in 1- and 2-year French oak and is denser and more extracted but with riper tannic quality that too many examples from other producers miss. The Reihburg, which is comprised of four parcels of old vines, sees new oak (500 litre), the percentage depending on the vintage. This really oozes class and has lovely depth and complexity but needs 5 years to really open out. Small amounts of other wines are also made including Pinot Noir, Merlots dry whites and a new rosé. The vineyards also extend into Hungary. Another Blaufränkisch (here K Kékfrankos) and a dry white are made.
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