The Jagini is a joint effort by Roland Velich and Hannes Schuster , whose family vineyard is located in Zagersdorf. There you will also find the Jagini vineyard, which survived the 1970s, when the single-vine Blaufränkisch vines were replaced on a large scale by Zweigelt in the Lenz-Moser high culture. The Jagini bears vines that are 55 to over 100 years old. Velich and Schuster have been friends for a long time, and Roland Velich had been attracted by the terroir in combination with the old Blaufränkisch vines. The soil consists of heavy clay and loam on the surface and limestone and sand in the subsoil. In the beginning, the wine was vinified at the Schusters', but now at Velich. Fermentation took place in open vats, after which the wine was aged in wood for about four years. Since the 2011 vintage, only used and untoasted barrels made of Austrian and German oak have been used.
dense garnet to brick red
With this wine, one may, no, must distinguish between the first and the following days after opening. On the first day, the wine reminds one of Cabernet Franc from the Loire in its fruitiness, juiciness and aroma. On the nose, the Jagini on sour cherries, plums, pencil and juniper. From the second day onwards, the wine swings towards the Northern Rhône with black cardamom and black tea, smoked bacon, plums and elder, bay and juniper, tobacco and leather with some pepper and cool crushed rock.
On the palate, the aromas shift in a similar way. What remains constant, however, is the immense freshness and juiciness of this eleven-year-old Blaufränkisch, which has concentration, power and density, a lot of extract and still a fair amount of tannin, but also this lively, pressing acidity, blue and red berry fruits, a hint of iodine and amaro and a little salt. The wine is very coherent, generous and wide open, clear and precise in all its facets.
Food recommendations by Christoph Raffelt
- Miso aubergine with tahini, labneh and nut crust
- Duck breast with Madeira sauce, spelt risotto and porcini mushrooms
- Lamb fillets with lukewarm couscous and orange sauce
Moric Winery, Kirchengasse 3, A-7051 Großhöflein, Austria