Grape(s): 100% Blaufränkisch
Localization: Eisenberg, Austria
Tasting Notes: Strong ruby garnet, violet reflections, broader brightening of the edges. With a hint of precious wood, underlaid with black cherry fruit, delicate orange zest, smoky-mineral flavor. Juicy, elegant, cool style, ripe tannins, salty aftertaste, a balanced accompaniment to dishes.
Notes: harvest time: 10th 11th October 2017. Fermentation: traditional open mash and tank, pressing after 14 to 21 days. Malolactic fermentation in steel tank. Ripening: 12 months aging in used barrique barrel
94 Points - Wine Enthusiast: Just a hint of tar and a swish of black cherry appear on the still shy nose. The palate is more open and brims with beautifully aromatic, ripe black cherry and blueberry fruit that is supported by a fine, firm and dense web of graceful, still slightly crunchy tannin. Cinnamon spice shimmers amid the fruit, while lovely freshness brightens everything. A powerful but elegant, full-bodied wine.
Food Pairing: Ideal with roasted and grilled meats from beef to game. Or serve with ripe aromatic and flavorful cheese.
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