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Perhaps one of the best value white wines on the market with potential for ageing. Precise and wonderfully balanced wine, with impressive freshness, it shows ripe apple and spice notes on the nose, lemon on the palate and a twist of pepper on the finish. It offers impeccable value from the outstanding 2019 vintage in Austria.
Product Code: AA3401
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Alwin and Stefanie Jurtschitsch are the new generation in charge at this family-owned estate in Langenlois in the Kamptal region of Austria, having taken over from Alwin’s father Edwin and uncles Paul and Charles. The couple have travelled and worked extensively in France, Australia and New Zealand, experiences which have given them a fresh perspective on their work. They have brought this to bear on both the vineyards and cellar at Jutschitsch, whilst respecting the traditions and heritage of the family estate and the enormous progress made over many years, particularly by his father and uncles.They began by putting the ecological principles that had been applied to viticulture and winemaking since the 1970s on an even broader but firmer footing, cutting yields and reducing the sources of their fruit to use only the very best vineyard sites, thus ensuring that only their finest grapes made it into the vats. It is an uncompromising approach that meant ignoring some of their vineyards, but one that is paying dividends in terms of wine quality.Alwin believes that the best wines are the result of the care taken in the vineyard, with as little interference as one can get away with in the cellar, so that his role might be described as a subtle blend of farmer and scientist, always trying to understand the soils, vines and winemaking processes as best he can in order to allow the vineyards their fullest expression. Examples of this approach are the sole use of native yeasts found in the vineyards to ferment the wines, reductions in sulphur dioxide in winemaking and the introduction of a concrete egg-shaped vat for maturation of some wines alongside the large foudres that have been traditionally used. They are now among the foremost producers of Austria as a result.
Austria has a long history of making fine wines, but with the country’s wines undergoing a renaissance in recent years, now is arguably the best time to get to know the diverse and delicious bottles on offer.There is evidence that vines were being cultivated in Austria for the production of wine by the Celts, even before the Romans. Austria was, rather surprisingly, the third-largest producer of wine globally in the 1920s, mainly producing and exporting simple light white wines. In more recent times the country has had to deal with the infamous ‘anti-freeze’ scandal of the 1980s when a handful of bulk producers were found to have adulterated their wines with ethylene glycol to sweeten their wines. The problems of the 1980s hit the country’s industry hard, but also had the effect of initiating the most wide-ranging quality control measures being implemented to ensure that this sort of disaster could never happen again. The industry was further reinvigorated as larger and less quality-oriented producers went out of business, leaving old sites available for a new generation of winemakers and the original fine winefamily producers.Austria's wine regions are confined to the east of the country where the Alps settle into the great Pannonian Plain, running north to south along the many borders from the Czech Republic in the north to Slovenia in the south. The climate here is continental, characterised by cold winters, hot dry summers, and often a large diurnal temperature flux with hot days, and cold nights. This is perfect for ripening a large range of grape varieties and retaining acidity and fresh aromas in white wines.Broadly there are three major regions: Niederösterreich in the north, Burgenland and Steiermark to the south. Within these regions are a further 16 smaller DACs (Districtus Austriae Controllatus).Niederösterreich (27,128ha) is known for high-quality white wine production, and most of the vineyards are focused along the banks of the Danube and its tributaries. Nearly half of all vines in this large area are grüner veltliner although world-class rieslings are also produced. Sub regions to look out for here include Kamptal, Kremstal, Wachau, Wagram and Weinviertel.Burgenland (13,840ha) is the area of vineyards focused around Lake Neusiedl – Central Europe's second-largest lake which straddles the Austrian-Hungarian border. Full-bodied and rich red wines are produced under the influence of the hot continental climate. The complex soil structure throughout the hills surrounding the lake, the various aspects available and large diurnal temperature change allows fine mineral-driven reds to be made. The reds produced use local grape varieties which are suited to the terroir - look out for blaufränkisch, zweigelt and St Laurent. The natural humidity caused by the lake can also lead to high levels of botrytis making this an excellent source of high-quality dessert wines.Steiermark (Styria) (4,240h) the smallest Austrian area is developing a great reputation for its steely sauvignons and fresh aromatic white wines. Although many of the best wines are made in such small quantities that they are never exported, this is a region to watch.In terms of grapes, grüner veltliner, native to Austria and Central Europe, is the king of the whites in terms of volume. It is turned into everything from light, thirst-quenching wines to complex barrel-aged stars. It is a great food wine and is finding its way on to many more restaurant wine lists around the world.Riesling is less widely planted, at only 5% of Austria’s production, but makes some of the country’s finest wines, particularly on the steep slopes of the Wachau Valley along the banks of the Danube. Riesling's common style in Austria is bone-dry, elegant and steely with fresh citrus flavours.Chardonnay (sometimes locally called morillon) and sauvignon blanc are increasingly planted and are already showing themselves to be hugely promising. The highly aromatic scheurebe, a German import, has a foothold in Steiermark making peach and blackcurrant-leaf-scented wines that marry well with spicy foods.Reds make up about a third of Austrian plantings. 13 varieties are permitted, including both the dominant indigenous varieties and those more recently introduced such as cabernet and pinot noir. Zweigelt is the most commonly planted, making up 15% of Austria’s red vines, and is a 1920s cross between blaufränkisch and St Laurent. It makes relatively light reds generally, with sour-cherry and redcurrant flavours supported by fine tannins and a spicy linear finish. Blaufränkisch (pronounced blaou-FREN-kish) is a late-ripening indigenous variety can create wines with dense tannins, high acidity and concentration that can age well for many years. Generally the wines have notes of blackberries, ripe cherries or plums. St Laurent wines are often confused with pinot noir as they can have a similar profile: red-berry perfume, light elegant and crisp. However, St Laurent is often used to add elegance to a blend.
The 2019 vintage is shaping up to be exciting: producers across all of Lower Austria are over the moon, with the quality post-harvest looking excellent. This is the third hot vintage in a row, but the heat came early on in the season and then cooled and remained dry through to harvest. Thanks to this cooler, drier end of the season, phenolic ripeness is excellent, and the acidities are wonderfully balanced, making for what will undoubtedly be a legendary year. I was particularly impressed with the quality of our Exhibition Grüner Veltliner and it’s also a cracking vintage for Austrian reds too. The perfect vintage to provide the first ever Austrian wine that we will be offering en primeur.
"TWS notes describe the wine well. Although relatively light in weight it had good depth of mineral laden flavour and was all too easy to drink, A thoroughly enjoyable bottle that, to my mind anyway, provided very good VFM. "
I would recommend this wine
"A wine of precision. If it had more about it would diminish it. Impeccable balance no huge complexity but if you were wanting a stepup from picpoul or light rose you couldn't be disappointed; particularly given the reputation of the winemaker."
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"Delightful example of this grape.Lovely apricot flavours with good acidity and bone dry with a long finish."
Mr Jeff Garner (28-Nov-2016)
Sunday Express (19th Mar 2017)
"From the rocky,
terraced slopes of the Kamptal region, this is a serious expression of grüner
with some rich peach and apricot notes as well as a stony, citrus core.- Jamie Goode"
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