Over the past generation, the Jurtschitsch winery in Langenlois/Kamptal has grown into one of the most prominent top wineries in Austria. Having being run by the three brothers Edwin, Paul and Karl Jurtschitsch, the family-owned winery has now been passed on to the younger generation, to Alwin Jurtschitsch and his partner Stefanie Hasselbach. Jurtschitsch is a very important winery in the Kamptal, with a rich history, the first written records of wine being made on their farm date from 1541. Parts of the cellar originate from the 14th century. Although Riesling and Grüner Veltliner are their main products, the Pinot Noir tasted here is not a new invention: 1868 was the year the first Pinot vines were planted in the courtyard of their estate in Langenlois in the Kamptal region near Vienna. The wine philosophy also underwent a transformation: “Our wine style became more ‘polarising‘, characterised by the idea of terroirs without compromise”. A first step was the change-over to an organic cultivation of the family-owned vineyards. It was followed by a reduction of the wine-growing sites so that they could concentrate of the first-class appellations of the Kamp Tal. And all this went smoothly and with a great deal of sensitivity and respect for tradition. Certified organic since 2009.
Herbs, tobacco, wet rocks, and dark spice – the fruit is initially hidden, but that should not be disturbing. The Käferberg is a marathon runner and doesn’t shoot all its ammunition right at the start. In any case, there is indeed a trace of exotic fruit on the palate even if it is still dominated by spice and minerals. The structure is tightly woven, concentrated and vibrant. A moderate yet firm spine of acid carries the flavours elegantly from the tip of the palate through to the base.