St. Laurent Jungle 2017
A Wine That
proves how great the St Laurent variety can be. This comes from one of the Jurtschitsch family's prized old vineyards, but it's one with a particularly special story to tell. The owner who planted it over fifty years ago sadly passed away, and the vineyard fell into complete jungle-like disarray. But after speaking to the owners, they were able to salvage the grapes, and today the vineyard is in the hands of Alwin & Stefanie. They will preserve it for the next generation. The wine itself lives up to its wild name: this has the beautiful bramble fruit characteristic of St Laurent, but with a wild thyme and menthol edge.
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- Winemaker: Alwin Jurtschitsch
Where and How?
Alwin and Stefanie discovered a mysterious old St Laurent vineyard in Langenlois, in the Kamptal, Austria. Its owner had passed away and none of the relatives were into wine, so it had become abandoned and looked more like a jungle than a vineyard. They watched the vineyard from spring to autumn, and tried to contact the old man's family to ask if they could cultivate the vineyard. There was no answer. When harvest time came around and still nobody was in the vineyard, they decided to "steal" the grapes before the birds did. They had to wade through the plant growth to find the grapes: this is how the wine got its name. Eventually they got hold of the owners' relatives and were able to buy the vineyard and start to bring it back to its full potential, organically.
The wine was fermented naturally with whole bunches, and aged for over a year in old barrels, bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Alwin and Stefanie Jurtschitsch could have taken over the family business and kept everything the same. There might be the saying if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, but if we all adhered to that or remained sedentary, we'd be stuck drinking traditional wines and agricultural concepts wouldn't have advanced. The current era of Jurtschitsch wines were born from a desire to work differently. From working on a biodynamic weed farm in Australia, to submerging himself in polyculture in the Ecuadorian jungle, Alwin developed an ardent belief in organic farming as a teenager and young adult. Seeing wine as an ever-evolving product of culture, their winemaking techniques have left old traditions in the past, making way for new ones to take their place. Alwin says,
“I see it like a big playground. It's a permanent exchange of me — the human being — the vineyard, and what we’re tasting in the cellar. This should never stop, otherwise you fall asleep in tradition. Always stay tuned and always keep an open mind...”