Grape(s): 100% Blaufränkisch
Localization: Eisenberg, Austria
Tasting Notes: Dark ruby garnet, violet reflections, delicate brightening of the edges. Delicately smoky, dark fruit, nuances of blackberries, mineral touch. Tight, close-knit, salty, red berry style, fine tannins, sticks, a lively, light-footed accompaniment to dishes.
Notes: Harvested on 12th and 13th October 2018. Mash fermentation in steel tanks, pressing after ten days, malolactic fermentation in steel tanks, nine months in large wooden barrels
Soil composition: Eisenberg: Hummergraben - clayey-sandy, iron-rich loam soils; German Schützen: Bründlgfangen - iron-rich, medium-heavy clay soils; Csaterberg: Freshwater opal - deep, loamy and ferrous soils
Food Pairing: Think summer fare like grilled burgers, grilled vegetables, and charcuterie. Temperature to drink: 6o-65 °F
The Domain: The Jalits winery is a traditional family winery that goes back 5 generations in the southern Burgenland region of Eisenberg (iron hill). Prior to Mathias Jalits, the current winemaker, and his parents Anna and Alfred, the grapes are grown by the Jalits family were made into wine for family and local consumption as well as sold to others to make wine. Mathias has been responsible for operations since 2001 and has truly taken grape growing and winemaking to a professional level, now farming 32 acres (primarily blaufränkisch).
The Eisenberg is possibly the most unspoiled wine landscape in Burgenland with only 1230 acres of vineyards stretching from the town of Rechnitz in the north to Gussing in the south. "On the Eisenberg, we greatly benefit from the ideal circumstances for pressing incomparable wines which are typical for the region. We focus on enhancing the traditional and we avoid making daring experiments. However, this doesn't mean that we completely reject new ideas and innovations. The traditional can always change for the better but one should never lose sight of the region's strengths." Mathias Jalits