In 1998 Roland Velich was working with his brother and father on their family property, Weingut Velich, in Apetlon, which was all about white and sweet wines. His brother Heinz continues to run this excellent estate. But Roland’s fascination for Blaufränkisch, a grape variety not suited to the vineyards on the east side of the shallow Neusiedler See (Lake Neusiedler), took him elsewhere and in 2001 he released the first wines from the Moric project (You pronounce this ‘Moritz’) . Roland is outspoken, and said openly that the examples of Blaufränkisch coming out of the cellars of most producers at the time completely traduced the grape variety. He was very critical of late harvested styles, often artificially concentrated, and shoved into new oak, to appeal to some kind of Robert Parker-ian ideal. For him Blaufrankisch is essentially a cool-climate grape variety, and all about elegance and perfume.
His 2017 Blaufränkisch is beautifully perfumed and pure, with layered red berry fruit - Cranberry, straw- and raspberry - woven into the fine tannin structure and exceptional balance. It's delicious to drink now but will only improve with a few more years of bottle age. Why not surprise your Burgundy loving friends with this?