Kekfrankos Balf Franz Weninger 2018

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Kekfrankos Balf Franz Weninger, biodynamic wine, 100% Kekfrankos (Blaufrankisch), stainless steel and old barrels, lean, fresh, fruity, delicious. This wine comes from different vineyards between 19 and 47 years old near the town of Balf.  Balf is famous for its thermal springs. The yields are low, 40 hectolitres per hectare and the vines lie on rolling slopes in the foothills of the mountains.. Vineyards lie around 200 metres above sea level . This was the first Kekfrankos to be produced in Hungary and represents the true style of the variety with all its fresh fruits and spice.  Franz Weninger makes fabulous natural wine.  It is always approachable, clean and classic.  Kekfrankos Balf Franz Weninger is one of the red wines which can go with anything at any time.

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Biodynamic, Natural, Organic
Producer Franz Weninger
Country Hungary
Region Sopron, Hungary
Vintage 2018
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grape Kekfrankos (Blaufrankisch)
Terroir mineral slate and rock with deposits of weathered bedrock
Alcohol 13 % abv
Maturation 14 months in big old barrels
Total Sulphur 18 mg/l
Annual Production 10 - 20,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 6-8 years
Food Matching Charcuterie, Poultry, Red Meat

Franz Weninger comes from a lineage which dates back to the early 19th century in the town of Horitschon, Burgenland in southern Austria.

Not long after the end of communist Hungary, Franz’s Father bought some parcels of vines in Balf, close to Sopron.  Sopron is thought to be the best area for Kekfrankos (Blaufrankisch) in Hungary. The area lies in close proximity to lake Neusiedlersee which also borders Austria.  The lake has a warming influence contrasted by cool winds from the nearby mountains. This special climate makes perfect ripening conditions for Kekfrankos.

Since 2006, the Weninger family have been working biodynamically.  They see Biodynamics as essential for the best quality grapes.  They also want to fully realise the difference in terroir expressed in the sensitive Kekfrankos variety. The soils in Sopron are Gneiss and Mica-schist which yield a different style of wine to nearby Burgenland in Austria.  Burgenland soil has more limestone, chalk, and clay.

Franz Weninger wine production in both Hungary and Austria is dominated by multiple expressions of Kekfrankos.  They also produce Furmint, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, some international varieties like Pinot Noir and they even produce a delicious natural cider. Their commitment to natural farming and quality wine is combined with outstanding value for money.

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The Natural Wine Lexicon

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Natural Yeast Fermentation
  • Nothing Removed, Nothing Added
  • Hand Harvest
  • Unfined
  • Unfilitered
  • Low Sulphur
  • No Added Sulphur
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