The word Kolfok originates in a regional dialect and describes a person critical to common thoughts — an unconventional thinker. Winemaker and Kolfok in chief Stefan Wellanschitz was born into winemaking at the family's estate in Neckenmarkt, a winery that dates back to the early 19th century, to a time when this part of Burgenland was still Hungarian and not Austrian.
Stefan decided to launch his wines back in 2013, wines that are a clear deviation from the family's more traditional style, towards natural winemaking and a purist low-tech approach that would highlight soils and micro-climate, aka terroir.
Stefan does not make this Whole Cluster Blaufrankisch bottling every year. He thought that even though 2019 was a warm year, it was a wonderful high-acid year and a good time to experiment with clean, perfectly ripe Blaufrankisch grapes. The Blaufrankisch was hand-harvested from a cooler single vineyard site. The whole clusters were foot-stomped in large open vats. 5 days after the stomped grapes were pressed and finished fermentation in a 650 Liter Austrian oak cask. Only one cask was made. There were no additions, not even any sulfur at bottling. The result is a lightly extracted new version of Blaufrankisch in which the fruit takes a back seat to the more ethereal side of the grape, showcasing its herbal and tea leaf nuances.