Jagini Blaufrankisch 2009

A powerhouse Blaufränkisch made jointly by Roland Velich of Moric and Hannes Schuster of Rosi Schuster
SKU: 2241
$55.50

Details

Details

A collaboration between growers Hannes Schuster and Roland Velich from Moric, the grapes come from selected old-vines sites in Zagersdorf. A 'Schuster' is a shoemaker. Jagini is an old House name for shoemaker. Thus, an historical name from the old culture of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Owned by Hannes Schuster of the winery Rosi Schuster, he worked with the remarkable Roland Velich to make this wine. Simply stated, he worked the vineyards, Velich worked the cellar. The idea was to produce a different kind of Blaufränkisch, which would show the terroir of this area, significantly different from the vineyards that Moric produces, even though this wine was made in the same way. This wine has a delicious sweetness on the entry and then a fairly tannic finish. It would go well now with rare meat, similar to a great Barolo, but in time it will, claims Velich, become as silky as a Grand Cru Burgundy. Out to prove Blaufränkisch can be as magnificent as any of the great reds from France or Italy, Schuster and Velich have put their extraordinary talents together to convince us.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Farming Standard organic
Winemaker Hannes Schuster & Roland Velich
Producer Jagini
Alcohol 13.50
ml 750
Residual Sugar (g/L) 1.10
Acidity (g/l) 5.60
Closure Cork
Cellar Potential Ready now this wine will develop well with bottle age for a decade or more
Grape Variety 100% - Blaufrankisch
Body medium
Sweetness dry
region Burgenland

Region

Burgenland


Burgenland is made up of 4 "sub-areas" and covers 19,215 hectares, which is about 48,000 acres. The dominating geographical influence here is the Neusiedler Lake (Neusiedlersee), and the 4 subdivided areas are called Southern Burgenland (Südburgenland), Central Burgenland (Mittelburgenland), Neusiedler Lake (Neusiedlersee) and the Neusiedler Lake Highlands (Neusiedlersee-Hügelland).

From the northernmost Neusiedlersee area comes full-bodied white wines, including the countries best Chardonnays. This is also an area where great red wines are produced, including those from the "Pannobile" co-operative who age their wines in oak.

Due to the vineyards proximity to the lake and their location in the hot Pannonian climate zone, their grapes more often than not develop the "noble rot" (botrytis cinerea) which creates heady dessert wines. The region stretches along the Hungarian border, right across which Tokaji is being made.

The town of Rust, in the Neusiedler Lake Highlands, is where the famous Ruster Ausbruch dessert wine is made. This is also where storks come to roost every year, building their enormous nests on the roof of every building along the main roads. They make a clicking sound which is somewhere between a woodpecker and a jackhammer, and as you sit at the Heuriger (wine garden) drinking the afternoon away, the potential cacophony becomes something of a symphony.

Subregion

Neusiedlersee-Huegelland


We are at the west side of the Neusiedler Lake.The Austrian wine establishment has now begun to call this region Leithaberg, after the local hillsides themselves, although it is hard to imagine winegrowing in this region without the beneficent influence of the lake.

The free city of Rust has been famous for its sweet wines for centuries, now producing memorable reds and dry whites as well.

The towns of St Margarethen, Donnerskirchen and Grosshöflein are all proving to be sources of excellent grapes from the varieties Blaufränkisch and St Laurent, as well as for the more surprising Sauvignon Blanc.

The major municipality Eisenstadt is the capital of Burgenland; the area has been settled since the early Iron Age, and evidence of viticulture exists in Celtic hill burials from nearly three thousand years ago.