Eisenberg 2017 — Blaufränkisch
A Wine That
is symbolic of the Iron Mountain region: a wine that allows you to peek behind its green schist door to see what lies beyond, without breaking the bank. Be prepared to gasp: it's a wine that combines elegance with oomph: a wine that shows you red wines can be powerful without knocking you over. With its stoney, mineral structure, this will leave an earthy sprinkling on your palate; somehow connecting you to Mother Earth herself.
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- Winemaker: Christoph Wachter-Wiesler
Where and How?
Christoph wanted to create a wine that could sit between the introductory Bela-Joska cuvée, while introducing the notion of specific vineyards. As such, this is a wine from three outstanding Blaufränkisch sites on the famous Iron Mountain: Saibritz, Humengraben, and Fasching. The 40-50-year-old vines plunge their roots into green schist bedrock, giving the wine a distinct mineral taste.
The wine fermented naturally with some whole bunches, and aged in large old oak foudres. It was bottled unfined, unfiltered and with just a touch of sulphur.
The Wachter-Wiesler wines saw a radical change in style when Christoph took the winemaking reins from his parents, but instead of becoming more radically affected by the winemaking, the opposite occurred; the wines became more subtle and dialled-in to their source—the vineyards. The hand of the human stepped back and instead the voice of the fruit itself became louder.
Today, the Blaufränkisch wines they produce are amongst the most nuanced versions found in Austria; they compete with the famed ability of Pinot Noir to express their site. As for the 15% white grapes that they work with—this cellar has become home to some of the most thrilling examples of Welschriesling since they flipped their way of thinking.
Most importantly of all, the domaine has led by example with regards to healthy viticulture. The soils thrive and the cover crop & wildflowers bloom throughout the year, providing homes and food for a swathe of beneficial insects. The change has been so positive than Christoph hasn’t noticed herbicide use by other growers in the area for two years; a giant step in the world of Sudburgenland’s vineyards.