We’re really happy about the top ratings for our Blaufränkisch in the latest issue of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (December 29th, Issue 240). Stephan Reinhardt tasted our wines for the Wine Advocate in August 2018:
Blaufränkisch is Austria’s most interesting and exciting red grape variety, and the Burgenland is its most important wine region. I have always been an enthusiastic follower of this autochthonous crossing between Blauer Zimmettraube and Heunisch Weiss that can be traced back in Austria to the 18th century. The finest modern Blaufränkisch wines have a delicate bouquet of back fruits and cherries intertwined with earthy, spicy and sometimes peppery aromas. The wine has remarkable freshness, and it delivers the finest results when it’s not overly extracted but rather infused.
2015 Groszer Wein S……Z Blaufränkisch – 93 points
Stephan Reinhardt’s tasting note: “Marketed only as Landwein (Weinland) the 2015 S……Z Blaufränkisch is from the southwest-facing Ried Saybritz single vineyard in the Eisenberg appellation. Sourced from vines planted 400 meters above sea level on loam, brown earth and schist, the 2015 shows a remarkably new, intense, crystalline and almost flinty bouquet with peppery and leathery notes intertwined with perfectly ripe and concentrated dark fruit aromas. Vinified in 500-liter barrels, this a full-bodied, lush and intense Blaufränkisch with remarkable power and length. The volatile acidity shouldn’t irritate you since it’s a characteristic of many great wines from rural production. The intensity and new juiciness is really remarkable here, and so is the finesse and elegance of the tannins. Very promising but surely not everybody’s cup of tea.”
2015 Groszer Wein Ried Szapary Blaufränkisch – 92+ points
Stephan Reinhardt’s tasting note: “The 2015 Ried Szapary Blaufränkisch is pure, deep and terroir- driven on the nose where perfectly ripe but fresh dark fruit aromas intermix with schisty, iron and even leathery aromas. This has great intensity and personality, even though there is some volatile acidity here. The Szapary is sourced from the steepest part of the Eisenberg but sold with the generic Burgenland appellation instead of the more specific Eisenberg DAC. Vinified in large oak (1,600 liters) and 500-liter barrels, the 2015 is generously sweet, lush and fruity like a Burgundy on the silky-textured, very elegant palate. The tannins are remarkably ne, and the mineral freshness takes this intense and full-bodied wine to a long, fruity, slightly oxidative but also fresh, vital and mineral finish. Promising.”
2013 Groszer Wein Eisenberg Blaufränkisch Reserve ʺvom Rieglʺ – 91 points
Stephan Reinhardt’s tasting note: “The 2013 Eisenberg Blaufränkisch Reserve “vom Riegel” is intense and schisty on the nose, but the volatile acidity is pretty much on (or beyond) the border for my taste. On the nose, very ripe and concentrated dark fruit aromas are intermixed with crystalline and spicy notes and a more than discreet touch of oxidation. This is a smooth, silky textured, very ripe, concentrated and pretty generous Blaufränkisch with new and refreshing tannins, a schisty- vital acidity, iron flavors and a lot of power. It is salty and dry on the pretty long finish. This is an interesting wine that needs a lot of tolerance and passion. Doubtlessly, there is a lot of music and vitality in this wine, but again, this is not everybody’s cup of tea.”
Thanks a lot to Stephan Reinhardt!
All tasting notes: © Robert Parker/ The Wine Advocate, Inc