Eisenberg DAC - 100% Blaufränkisch with spice and minerality
In the far south of Burgenland lies an area where rolling hills and steep hillsides are planted with vines, while deciduous and fir forests decorate the summits. In the past the wines of southern Burgenland were called “Eisenberger” after the most striking elevation of the region, and the name was associated with mineral, earthy Blaufränkisch.
Approximately 150 hectares of Blaufränkisch are planted here. Slate soil is predominant on the hills and this results in mineral wines with a clear fruit. At the foot of the hills the soils are heavier with a high content of ferrous loam, leading to earthy wines with a fascinating tannin structure. Both soil types are unique in Austria and guarantee a distinctive wine type.
Eisenberg DAC stands for the most regionally typical wine in southern Burgenland. Blaufränkisch, the most commonly planted grape in the area, develops a characteristic aroma and a particularly spicy and mineral taste in the idyllic countryside of southern Burgenland.
The 400 metre high Eisenberg, the most prominent elevation in the region, lends its name to the new designation of origin in southern Burgenland. In years gone by, wines from the area were known as „Eisenberger Weine“ even beyond the borders of the region. The name also points to a unique characteristic of the area which gives Blaufränkisch from this part of Burgenland its trademark spiciness: the soil. The slate and clay soils in this region have exceptionally high iron content and this is reflected in the unique taste of Eisenberg wines.
The climate is influenced by a number of factors: the Pannonian lowlands to the east of the Eisenberg region, warm air from the south and the southern climate of the Adriatic. This combination of factors blended with an individual winemaker's personal touch give these wines the unique style typical of the most southern corner of Burgenland.
Spicy minerality is the most characteristic attribute of Eisenberg DAC. With a fruity and refreshing nose of sweet and sour cherries and blackberries; an elegant structure; and charming tannins and acidity; this wine demonstrates all of the assets of its origin. The alcohol content is moderate at 12.5 to 13.0 vol. %.
Blaufränkisch that is harvested a little bit later or wines from warmer sites develop more concentration and power (min. 13.0 vol. % alcohol) and therefore need longer to mature and to become balanced and smooth. These “Eisenberg DAC Reserve”-wines are aged in big oak casks or small barrels and do not go on sale till the second year following harvest.