In the red wines, varietal blending plays a special role at the Juris Winery. The winery was once a pioneer in this field in Austria.
In 1986, Georg Stiegelmar, the father of the current owner Axel Stiegelmar, created his first cuvée. Before that year, there were no red wine cuvées in Austria. He used the two varieties Pinot Noir and St. Laurent, which were already important for the winery at that time, and called this wine "St. Georg". Under the same name and with the same varietal composition, this cuvée still has an important place in the winery's assortment today. The Pinot Noir always sets the tone. Over the years, it has received high scores and awards in a number of wine competitions. With its finesse, the Cuvée St. Georg has a high recognition value.
For Axel Stiegelmar, a good cuvée results "from the sum of all the knowledge that a winemaker has". You learn every year how something might work. It also takes considerable experience to be able to assess how certain wines mature together.
The red wine cuvée Ina'mera is also of great importance for the development of the cuvée line at the winery. It combines the late-ripening varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Blaufränkisch. The Cabernet Sauvignon contributes pressure and length over and above the beguiling play of fruit, the Merlot provides roundness and the Blaufränkisch for refinement. The name "Ina'mera" is a dialectal Golser expression and means "several of them". It alludes to the fact that there are several types of wine in it. Axel Stiegelmar created this cuvée in 1995 on the occasion of his wedding with his wife Herta.
For Axel Stiegelmar, a good cuvée results from the sum of all the knowledge a winemaker has.
The the premium cuvees product line draws its complexity from old vines that are at least 15 years old. In such cases, the grapes are increasingly supplied with minerals from the soil. This makes the wines more full-bodied and expressive.
The Cuvée Wolfsjäger, which combines the two autochthonous Austrian varieties Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt, has been around since 2001. In this variety, which is only partly barrel-aged, the use of wood is only delicately noticeable. The Blaufränkisch is in the foreground in its fragile playfulness and the Zweigelt contributes, depending on the vintage, more or less dark-fruity aromatic tones.