2020 Prieler Ried Johanneshöhe Blaufränkisch

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2020 Prieler Ried Johanneshöhe Blaufränkisch

This wine represents outstanding value. The red “Prieler Classic”: a typical Blaufränkisch vinified in large wooden cask. 

Tasting Notes


Colour

Brilliant cherry to ruby ​​red

Nose

Classic varietal bouquet with lush fruit aromas (juicy blackberries), fine notes of pepper and elegant spice

Palate

Robust on the palate with a strong structure and fullness, the clear blackberry fruit is juicy the entire palate and lingers on for a long time in the finale!

2017 Prieler Ried Johanneshöhe Blaufränkisch

From the Producer

Blaufränkisch is in our genes. By “our”, I mean my family and the vintners of Leithaberg. We know this variety’s moods and demands. Blaufränkisch in not an easy variety – whether for us or for you. It is capricious, challenging and stubborn. Rooted in limestone, it wants the sun; growing on schist, it requires refreshing winds. It rests preferably in wood, yet the barrels shouldn’t be too small. Of you, it demands patience. Blaufränkisch needs time. If you yield yourself to Blaufränkisch, you will understand why we fulfil all of this variety’s desires. For me, it is one of the few varieties in the world that perfectly balances two elements: energy and clarity.

In the Cellar & Vineyards

The grapes are carefully crushed and fermented at closely controlled temperatures in steel tanks or wooden casks. The character of the variety and the vineyard determines where the wine will mature. For example, the Seeberg pinot blanc will remain in stainless steel to maximize freshness and clarity, the blaufränkisch from Johanneshöhe will be raised in large oak casks, and top crus like Goldberg will mature in barrique.

Prieler’s meticulous work in the vineyard and in the cellar has earned them awards from Falstaff Magazine (2009 “Vintner of the Year”), Vinaria Magazine (“Best wines of Austria” 2012/2013) and was among Jancis Robinson’s top picks for Austrian red wines. Peter Moser, editor-in-chief of Falstaff wrote, “We were extremely impressed by the Prieler family’s high standards in all wine categories and by their sensitive approach to the specific properties of the respective types of vine and the selection of just the right terroir.”

Accolades

91 points James Suckling

"A very attractive blaufrankisch that shows wild cherries, dark plums and a light touch of mocha and coffee. Full-bodied with grippy, chewy tannins and lots of bright blueberries and roasted herbs. Drink now." (12/2019)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

"A hint of tar clings to the plummy and dark-fruit notes on the nose. The palate is laced with freshness that tames that dark dense juicy fruit while peppery hints add interest. It is a very juicy, compact but layered wine with a dry finish. (AK) " (7/2019)

Wine Spectator

"Light- to medium-bodied, with a juicy core of dark berry fruit, blood orange and rooibos tea hints. Sufficient tannins impart a slight grip on the moderately long finish. (AZ, Web Only-2020) "

Specifications

Year 2020
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Blaufränkisch
Country Austria

Alcohol content

13% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 9.8 units
Type Red Wine
Food Matching Serve with juicy roast beef with gently braised vegetables, wild game ragouts and wild fowl or with medium-strong soft cheeses. Serve at around 18°C.
Allergen Information Contains Sulphites
Dietary Information

Certified Organic
Origin Burgenland