While some winegrowers are extroverts,Harald Kraft tends to talk
modestly,with a touch of irony, about his relationship with winemaking: "I think that
customers prefer personal dedication to dazzling gestures." Viticulture has been the
Kraft family´s trade ever since the 16th century,as is impressively documented by the
Kleinrath-Kraft believes that tradition and technology are not mutually exclusive.
"Tradition means a rooting in the past,wich can be a source of strenght." The
traditional varietal furmint, "wich has already been grown by our ancestors", is
to his mind the living proof of a Panonnian wine tradition.
His 1988 Pinot Blanc Trockenbeerenauslese shows just what this
enthusiastic vinter is capable of achieving. In 1992,this wine was awarded a gold medal in
the European wine capital,London. It took him and his helpers two days to pick the grapes
for this unique dessert wine that, after fermenting for one year, reached just 7° of
alcohol. 300 gm / litre of residual sugar, 11 gm of tartaric acid, and 92,8 gm / litre of
sugar-free extract amount to a beautifully balanced and luscious noble sweet wine. Harald
Kraft was represented at the 1991 Austrian Wine Salon by his Neuburger Spätlese and 1999
Ausrian Wine Salon by his Blaufränkisch III / 1997 and
Genesis No. 2 / 1997- Ausbruch.
Harald Kraft has a saying wich illustrates his attitude to cellar
work: "Wine is like a small child; when it cries out, you must be ready to attend to
it." And there are plenty of children competing for the vinter´s attention. For
example, his blaufränkisch from Ried Mariental. "The upper part of Mariental site is
made of arid primary rock; with the right rootstock, it ispossible to achieve very dense
wines". His 1997 Blaufränkisch from Ried Mariental has a deep purple colour and
exudes aromas of dried plums, with a hint of roasted coffee.
Harald Kraft looks after the vineyards and the cellar, whereas his
wife Christine is in charge of sales.A visit to the kraft estate,in the heart of the
historical town,is doubly worthwhile: first of all taste the wines, but also to admire the
gem of architecture that is the "wine vault of 1803" in their tasting room.