Joiseph Mischkultur 2017
Field blend of Grüner Veltliner, Welschriesling, Neuburger, Muskateller, and Traminer. Joiseph is a new estate, founded in 2015, by three friends Luka Zeichmann, Richard Artner and Xandl Kagl. It started with a tiny vineyard in the village of Jois, thus the name is a playful personification of the village. Joiseph has grown quietly, slowly, and it has quietly become the talk of Burgenland. They produced only miniscule amounts of wine (with only about a hectare under vine); it was mostly drank by other Austrian winemakers and people started talking. Here is an estate with elements of nearly everything the Burgenland has offered: aromatic complexity, stature and polish, clarity, as well as a buoyant energy, a certain soil-focus. Mischkultur is from two separate parcels, with vines ranging from 10 to nearly 100 years in age, on limestone and slate soils. It is an electrifying wine filled with tropical fruits, citrus, and fun times. In the end, Joiseph wines are, hands down, the most ethereal, delicate wines we have ever had from the Burgenland. They are ravishing.