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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
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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 Winemaker

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.⁣⁣

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