Krutzler (12 ha)
Deutsch Schützen / Sudburgenland /Austria
Südburgenland is located in the south-eastern corner of Austria and benefits from the effects of the Pannonian climate. At one time Südburgenland was politically part of Hungary, whose border can be seen from the top of the Eisenberg; the highest and finest site in the region.
Reinhold Krutzler is the fifth generation to run this top estate, which began bottling wines in 1966. Before taking over the winery, Reinhold worked with renowned winemaker Willi Bründlmayer in the Kamptal and has also made wine in France, Italy and South Africa. He works 12 hectares around the Eisenberg, (“Iron Mountain”) and the village of Deutsch Schützen. This town is also the location of the Eisenberg (Iron Mountain), of which Krutzler owns 3 hectares. Confusingly, the DAC (think AOC) here takes the name of the top site in the region. A wine with ‘Eisenberg DAC’ on the label does not necessarily come from the exceptional Eisenberg vineyard. The Eisenberg is one of Austria’s best red wine terroirs and was an iron ore mine in Roman times. The climate here is influenced by its high altitude (450 meters) and the dense forests at its summit- it is cooler here than Mittelburgenland and Neusiedlersee to the north.
The estate’s single focus is Blaufränkisch, with vines no younger than 25 years old. This terroir, low yields and a long growing season make wines with character and originality, while maintaining typicity. After a long maceration, sometimes up to 28 days for the highest quality parcels, a gentle pressing occurs and fermentations are carried out in traditional fermenters. Technology is utilized to a very minimal extent, with wines seeing only some time in steel before being racked into large wooden casks. His Blaufränkisch and Blaufränkisch Reserve are matured in small used oak barrels for 16 months, while Perwolff, his flagship wine, is aged in small oak barrels for a total of 18 months. Perwolff is made from vines 30-50 years old and comes from an ancient name for the village of Deutsch-Schützen – first mentioned in 1221. The Perwolff 2007 won the “Falstaff” red wine award in 2009, a prestigious award for the best Austrian wines.
Vineyard area: 10 hectares
Annual production: 70,000 bottles
Top sites & soil types: Deutsch-Schützen: Weinberg and Bründlgfangen (medium-weight to heavy loam over slate in deeper layers, some iron oxide); Eisenberg (light to medium-weight loam and sand mixed with slate and iron oxide)
Grape varieties: Blaufränkisch 84%, Zweigelt 8%, Merlot 3% as well as Cabernet Sauvignon 2% (only for the Cuvee); 3 % white
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