Meinklang Abend Burgenland Red
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Region: Burgenland Austria
Grape varieties: Blaufrankisch and Saint Laurent
Meinklang Abend Burgenland Red focuses on two different vintages coming together. The result is a dense, heady red wine with spice and gumption.
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ABOUT THE PRODUCER
About Meinklang Abend Burgenland Red
Meinklang Abend Burgenland Red focuses on two different vintages coming together. 2018 St. Laurent and 2016 Blaufränkisch were spontaneously fermented with whole bunch maceration for 45 days. Fermentation and aging for 9 months occurred in concrete eggs. It was bottled unfined, unfiltered, and without sulfites. The result is a dense, heady red wine with spice and gumption.
The Meinklang farm is located in Eastern Austria at the border of Hungary, in the World Heritage site of the National Park Neusiedlersee. This area is a very humble, rural farming region. It is a dry area with long warm springs and summers influenced by a drying wind from the Saudi Arabian peninsula. The farm sits in a lake triangle area that is flat and very fertile.
The farm grew in the 1990s with the fall of the Iron Curtain and the opening of lands over the Hungarian border. After the fall of communism and the reopening of the borders, Anneliese and Werner Meinklang, Sr.’s dream was to expand their small 40-hectare farm to over 100 hectares and cultivate the Hungarian fields that were lost once again. And when the parents realized their three sons were inclined to stay on the farm, it was a perfect time for Meinklang to expand and prosper.
Meinklang is more than just a working farm. In fact, Meinklang is one of the largest biodynamic farms in the world. It is a generational farm, with three generations of families working and thriving to bring the land to life. Each son has chosen a specific part of the farm to focus on. Werner Junior is in charge of the vineyards, Lukas oversees all of the livestock, and Hannes ensures the farm and its equipment are in working order. Besides the vineyards, there are over 5,000 heads of cattle, numerous other animals, and over 350 different vegetables and grains farmed. Meinklang is a living, breathing organism in which everything on the farm is connected and helps and nurtures itself. Diversity is key, and polycultural farming makes every part of the farm depend on and work with each other.
That biodiversity is abundant in the vineyards. The farm aims to focus on the original meaning of the term “Wein-Garten” (the German word for a vineyard, which contains the words “wine” and “garden”) by creating a true garden with fruit, vegetables, vines, and herbs. These other plants bring beneficial insects to the vineyard. The plants also make humus formation possible and restore harmony in the vines’ habitat. Plus, they bring home those fantastic fruits and vegetables after a hard day’s work.
Meinklang focuses on minimal intervention in the cellar. The fermentations start spontaneously with native yeasts from the farm. There are no harmful winemaking additives or manipulations, no fining or filtration, and little to no sulfur additions. All of the wines have been vegan-friendly since 2004. Fermentation and aging occur in wooden, stainless steel, and concrete vessels with no highly technical equipment.