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In the 1990s, when land in the area of Südburgenland in Austria, south of Vienna, literally on the border with Hungary, was less desirable and, as such, affordable, Uwe Schiefer started to put together his wine estate. While others were put off by the steep, schistous hillsides of Eisenberg he saw potential. With iron-rich, slate soils predominating and no influence from the Danube, the weather and microclimate of the region are very different to that of more well-known regions further north, like the Wachau. Located further south, and with Eisenberg shaped like an amphitheatre, it is better suited to red wine varieties, in particular Blaufränkisch. This is a variety that Uwe feels can successfully display a sense of place and as such his winemaking philosophy is simple – less is more. He wants to express purity in his wines. From 2006 he started working some of his vineyard biodynamically, with the intention of gradually converting all his sites. He does buy in some grapes, around 20%, to supplement the estate grown fruit in his Eisenberg. Königsberg comes from south west facing slopes and often shows more immediately seductive fruit than the mineral Eisenberg. The Reihburg is made from his oldest vines, grown on four sites that total no more than 1.8 hectares – this is a truly fine and ethereal wine, made for long-term ageing.
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The Südburgenland is Austria’s smallest wine region, located on the border of Hungary. In the 1990s, Uwe Schiefer started piecing together his estate. While others were put off by the steep, slate hillsides of Eisenberg, he saw potential – believing that Blaufränkisch would excel here. Today, their wines have a cult following amongst many of the world’s top sommeliers.
This is spicy and brooding on the nose, with aromas of rich black cherry, dried herbs and violet. On the palate, incredibly fine tannins and bright acidity mingle with juicy fruit and earthier notes of black olive and aniseed. This is a true food wine and offers a superb introduction to Uwe’s wines. Drink now to 2023. Katherine Dart MW, Buyer (spring 2019)
Bottle 12 x 75cl
Bottle 6 x 75cl