Deutschkreutz was mentioned for the first time in connection with wine in a deed dating back to 1245 in the reign of the Hungarian King Bela IV. As homage, Gesellmann have produced the Bela Rex, a classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%) and Merlot (50%), with a spicy underlying aroma of Middle Burgenland and elegant style.
The vines are 30 - 40 years and planted on a mixture of gravelly loess and calcareous loam.
All grapes are picked by hand, starting in September with Merlot, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon at the beginning of October. The separate parcels and grapes are vinified separately with spontaneous fermentation on the skins taking place in stainless steel with regular punching down. Malolactic conversion follows in oak barrels. The wines mature separately for 25 months in small oak barrels, then blended, then matured for another 6 months in large wooden barrels.
Alcohol: 14.5% vol
Residual sugar: 1 g/l
CRITIC RATINGS96 Falstaff
The wine is dark ruby with purple highlights. Aromas are a complex mix of subtle nougat, ripe dark berries, fig and candied orange zest over a background of sandalwood spice. The palate reveals ripe wild cherries, highlighted by a juicy acidity and textured with well-rounded tannins. The long, lingering finish offers a delicate touch of chocolate and showcases the wine’s excellent ageing potential.
Pairs well with dark meat and game dishes