The Eichkogel (the name is a joining of the German words for Oak and Small Mountain) is a blend of Burgenland’s traditional varieties: Blaufränkisch (70%) and Zweigelt (30%). The grapes ripen to full maturity on the south-facing slopes of the Leitha Hills which enjoy Burgenland’s warm Pannonian climate. The vineyards were planted in 1985, 1992 and 1995. Fermented with indigenous yeasts. The wine is aged for 18 months in small oak barrels, of which 20% are new. The remaining is aged in two year old barrels (from Taransaud and Seguin-Moreau). It is bottled without filtration and fining and rests in bottles for 6 months before release. Eichkogel unites the spicy berry fruit of Blaufränkisch with the velvetiness of Zweigelt. 13.5% alcohol.