Chowaniec & Krajcirovic Winery was founded in 2001 as a collaboration between two successful winemakers, Peter Chowaniec and Juraja Krajcirovic. They decided to pay tribute to the rich winemaking history of Svaty Jur, celebrating a time when the wine from this region was considered the best in the Austro-Hungarian Empire and merchants exported it to many European countries.
Frankovka Modra - known elsewhere as Blaufrankisch - is one of the varietals Slovakia inherited by being a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This is an authentic, locally significant and graceful red, carrying a unique and elegant expression of the Svaty Jur terroir. Not coincidentally, the vineyard is about half an hour drive from the Austrian border.
The wine is clear and bright, with a cherry color. The nose has medium intensity, with aromas of just-ripe blackberries and blueberries, and subtle earth and peppery spice notes. It also has a touch of anise, giving it a slight licorice scent. The wine is tight and dry, with very good acidity and medium tannin levels.
For pairing, you can't go wrong with lamb, pork, beef, and game meat - especially with a berry reduction sauce. Even game birds and highly textured fish like king salmon can go well with this wine. It would make a great pairing with Middle Eastern cuisine, such as grilled spiced lamb kebabs as well. The wine can also stand up to lemon juice and vinaigrettes on accompanying dishes and sides, thanks to its acidity.