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Wines are personalities
Wines are not just liquids, but have a story to tell and can be compared with human beings. We created two young men (Frank and Gelt), both of them representing very different personalities.

GELT

is a hedonist, a calm and very sympathetic person, positive thinking, smiling.

ZWEIGELT CLASSIC 2008
Deep colour; multi-layered fruit play of black currant; an offering full of fruity mellowness, gradually opens up in the glass; soft and, at the same time, compact with good aging potential.


FRANK

is an aristocrat, sportsman, maybe a golfer or sailor. Well dressed, slim, elegant.

BLAUFRÄNKISCH CLASSIC 2008
Dark ruby-garnet; sappy and harmonious acid structure; well balanced with ripe tannins.

THE WINES
 

Neckenmarkt Wineries vinifies between 1.5 and two and 2 million litres of wine every year, but up to the vintage 2000, only about 5% of the total volume of the company was bottled (the bulk of production was sold in barrels to large trading companies).
These bottled wines are sold primarily ex-works and/or to local restaurants:
• Zweigelt classic GELT
• Blaufränkisch classic FRANK
• Blaufränkisch "8-grape"
• Blaufränkisch "Himmelsthron" (barrel ageing)
• Via Romana (Cuvée of Blaufränkisch, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zweigelt/Merlot; barrel ageing)

With the vintage 2000, three new lines of wine entered the market, which emphasize the quality potential of Neckenmarkt and help define a repositioning of Neckenmarkt Wineries. The new wines were vinified exclusively from grapes under the "8-grape program", i.e., from vineyards that have been managed on the basis of low yields for years.


In the course of the renovation in 2003 the tasting room and the steel tanks were modernised as well. .


The designations of the three new wines are in Latin and refer, also in terms of design, to the Roman origin of domestic wine culture as well as the first heyday of Neckenmarkt wine during the Roman period:

   
THE WINES IN DETAIL
 

ZWEIGELT CLASSIC has been aged in traditional manner. This native and fine red wine is not affected by barrel but matured in the steel tank.



BLAUFRÄNKISCH CLASSIC is similar to Zweigelt Classic.
It is a full-flavoured and characteristical regional wine, correlating to local soils.




BLAUFRÄNKISCH HOCHBERG and
ZWEIGELT HOCHBERG
are produced exclusively from grape material from the typical region.
These wines, aged in used barrels, are classified a shade higher than the two mentioned before.


MITTELBURGENLAND DAC CLASSIC


VINIS UNITIS = ("through united wines") is modelled along "viribus unitis" = "with united forces", the motto of emperor Francis Joseph I.
Vinis Unitis is a series of wines that is aimed at the majority of domestic consumers. The goal was to create three types of wine with different characteristics:
These three wines have very different tastes - they are easy to distinguish by the name on the barrel label:


VINIS UNITIS ZWEIGELT and
VINIS UNITIS BLAUFRÄNKISCH-ZWEIGELT (Cuvée).

These traditional wines are unwooded.

TERRA COGNITA = "known land" - modelled along "terra incognita" (unknown land or territory, unfamiliar area of expertise). This series comprises two unmixed wines (Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt) from the best vineyards of Neckenmarkt Wineries, with slight use of wood ageing (barrel ageing in some cases).

These wines, too, are destined for the food retail sector.


Above the other vineyards of Neckenmarkt the grape material for the BLAUFRÄNKISCH HIMMELSTHRON is growing. The excellent flavour of this wine is caused by the slate flooring of the vineyard called "Himmelsthron" as well as by the barrel aged ripening process of the wine.


Since Roman period Neckenmarkt is located at the famous Amber Road ("Bernsteinstraße"), which was the major traffic pathway between North Sea and Mediterranean Sea. The Romans called this historic pathway „Via Romana“. A famous name for an eminent cuvée of Blaufränkisch, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zweigelt.
Neckenmarkts cuvée VIA ROMANA is a blockbuster not only for connoisseurs of barrel aged wine .


POTIO MAGICA, the
"magic potion" is the best and finest from the barrels of Neckenmarkt Wineries. It is subject to a strict selection process, and only a small amount is vinified - it is reserved for select restaurants and more sophisticated specialist shops.
The wine in question is a cuvée of Blaufränkisch, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zweigelt - ripened in barrels for 18 months.

VINTAGE 2008

The vines started to sprout early on, thus resulting in an extremely long vegetation period for the grapes, allowing them to achieve high physiological ripeness. The summer was hot and very dry. After a long dry spell, precipitation set in at the end of July and supplied the vines with the necessary water. The fall was beautiful, sunny and dry.
The harvest, in terms of quantity, was 15-20% below the average. But the gradations were high. The grapes yielded concentrated wines - compact and complex.

 


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