St. Antony Rothe Bach Blaufränkisch 2015
The centerpiece is planted in Pettenthal. These vines are significantly older because they originated from a replanting of Riesling vines planted in 1978. That means we have vines around 40 years old. The grapes are completely destemmed. The whole thing is mashed and then completely fermented spontaneously in the used wooden fermentation stand. Then the wines go completely into used barriques and after one year into used barrels. With this Rothe Bach, the winegrower Felix Peters simply wants to show what can be made from these vines. He does not want a lamination with any new wood, does not want to make a delicious make-up around it, but only wants to produce Blaufränkisch, which can compete with the best examples from Austria. Accordingly, although it shows a hint of smoke and bacon, the nose is basically free of wood. Deep and spicy. The smoke and spice come from the red slate of the Pettenthal site. So long drawn, lots of iron and blood in the nose. Blackberry, mulberry. High intensity. Some iodine, light licorice and a lot of black pepper. Everything is tightly woven. Extreme intensity in the mouth. Not fat, just intense. Herb-spicy, concentrated sloe with sour cherry, mulberry and blackberry. But not at all bold, although it almost reads like that. The impression is fine and yet full of intensity, almost explosive in this very present acid. The tannin is completely polished, but has a slight sharpness and saltiness. Wears for minutes, everything reverberates again and again. The familiar traces of blood and iodine come up again. The liquorice and eucalyptus are also evident. The whole thing is far more puristic than the entry-level Frankish. Not so tasty on the surface, "Everybodys Darling", but intense, long and concentrated. Very precise and already challenging the connoisseur. The great thing is that despite this intensity, it is not a fat wine. The intensity comes from the fruit, acidity, freshness and this very idiosyncratic minerality. It is definitely top fabric.