Jagini

The vineyards around Zagersdorf known as Repystce und Krci had a reputation for making Burganland's best Blaufrankisch when Hannes Schusters' grandfather was still selling wine in bulk to negociants ("Weinsensal") who at the time were the only companies to bottle and label wine.

And while most old Blaufrankisch vineyards were torn out and replanted with the more vigorous and easy-drinking Zweigelt in the 70s, these vineyards in Zagersdorf, now 55 to 100 years old, survived and are still under Schuster ownership.

After Roland Velich of Moric and Hannes Schuster of the Rosi Schuster winery had been friends and collaborating in various ways for years, the idea was born to start a joint project called Jagini, a winery that would produce one wine only and it would have to come from this vineyard. The cellar work happened at the Schuster winery in early years but has since been moved to the new Moric winery in Lutzmannsburg.

In walking the vineyard you can see how the rows bend to one side so you can't see its end until you get close to it. Hannes explains that they were specifically planted this way to make sure the horse wouldn't pull the plow too hard in an effort to rush for the exit.

Today some of the vines in this vineyard are so old that they carry maybe one or two bunches. Grapes are loose and small. Soils are heavy, dense clay and loam on the surface and limestone and sand underneath.

The vineyard is typically harvested several times and the various bins ferment in open or closed wooden barrels. Since vintage 2011 only used and untoasted Austrian and German oak was used.

These ingredients, specifically the old vines in conjunction with limestone, produce a wine of immense depth and complexity, but also a wine that does not give up its beauty and class in its youth. For this reason and because Roland and Hannes realized that they could afford to hold this wine back the decision was made to release this wine until about five years after it is bottled.

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