2020 Prieler Leithaberg Blaufrankisch

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2020 Prieler Leithaberg Blaufrankisch

The small Burgenland town of Schützen am gebirge, on the edge of the Neusiedler See nature park, is an oasis of sensual pleasure and enjoyment. Deep, sandy loam, very rich in iron, can be found on the Johanneshöhe. There, the Blaufränkisch variety produces fruity, juicy wines with a peppery flavor - Burgenland classics with real character. It is particularly important to the Prielers to cultivate this traditional wine and make it shine, and so international wine critics agree: this wine from the Prielers has class!

Tasting Notes


Bouquet of ripe, dark berries, delicately of dried figs, complex yet fine, salty minerality, aging in oak barrels. Fresh, lively, and wonderfully balanced on the palate, with an elegant texture and an enchanting glaze.

2015 Prieler Leithaberg Blaufrankisch

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.”

Accolade

  • Critic tasting note: "A touch of tar, a hint of bitter almond and brooding black cherry fruit mark the nose and spread freely across the palate with dark but delicious intent. This is dense and firm, with drying tannins but no heaviness. There is freshness and intensity to the dark, brooding fruit that will show its true colors with some more age—but all the aromatic promise is already here. Drink 2020–2035." - 95/100, Wine Enthusiast

Specifications

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

Alcohol content

13% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 9.75 units
Type Red Wine
Cellaring 2020 - 2035
Food matches Enjoy with entrecote, fillet of beef, wildfowl, pigeon
Allergen Information Contains Sulphites
Dietary Information

Certified Organic
Origin Leithaberg DAC