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2021 Maurer Crazy Lud Red

2021 Maurer Crazy Lud Red

Region: Sremska < Serbia

Grapes:  Frankova (aka Kékfrankos), Cabernet Sauvignon, Hamburg Muscat, Kadarka

Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic farming; pre-phylloxera vines (100 years+ old) on Danubian green sand soils; horses used to work vineyards, macerated in open vats for 7 days on the skins and then barreled down to 350L oak barrels; bottled unfined/unfiltered with <10ppm added SO2; 12.4% ABV; 40 cases

Winemaker: Oszkár Maurer

The Maurer family, originally from Salzburg, is now one of the only
natural winemakers in Serbia.  They’ve worked the vines here, on the
Hungarian border in the region of Szabadka, for 4 generations --
because its a great place for vines to thrive naturally.   Some 90
million years ago, the Fruška Gora mountain here was an island in the
Pannonian sea. The slopes of this old formation made up of volcanic
and sedimentary rocks have been covered with vineyards, orchards and
forests for about 3000 years. So today, it's an almost intact natural
environment with a super rich ecosystem. Oszkár's best lots have been
replanted with the old native grape varieties such as Kadarka, one of
our favorites, and a bunch of other red and white grapes featured in this blend.

“Lud” means Goose in Hungarian and Crazy in Serbian. There’s an old Hungarian expression, “Ha lúd, legyen kövér!” that literally translates to “If it’s a goose, let it be fat.” In other words, if you’re going to go big, go big.  Which is funny, because this wine isn't big at all.  In fact, it’s light, crunchy and squarely in the chilled red category, but not in the carbonic or purely whole cluster kind of way. The short maceration keeps the Muscat aromatics fresh, but there’s grip from the Cabernet and meatiness from the Kékfrankos too.   Super fun for Fall and holiday festivities.


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