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.
A terrific dry white from Austria, this is full of zippy grapefruit character but with body and richness to back it up, with hints of characteristic spice and pepper on the finish.