92/100 Punkte Robert Parker December 2018 The intensely yellow colored 2017 Aus den Dörfern Grüner Veltliner | Gemischter Satz offers deep, ripe and chalky fruit on the nose, with beautiful mineral freshness. On the palate, this is a perfectly round, lush and elegant white with great harmony, persistent fruit and stimulating mineral tension and salinity. This is Hannes Schuster's finest Aus den Dörfern (which literally means "from the villages") so far. The grapes are sourced in Sankt Margarethen, Oslip and Schützen, and each village is harvested and vinified together. The whole blend includes only a few single-plot vinificatons. Tasted October 2018.
90/100 Robert Parker December 2018 The 2016 Burgenland Blaufränkisch is more leathery and wild than the 2017. The nose offers concentrated red and dark fruit that was perhaps struggling for ripeness and hides some earthy, greenish or leafy notes and some nougat aromas. Smooth and round on the palate, this is an elegant and rather charming Blaufränkisch with concentrated and fleshy cherry fruit on the spicy finish. The tannins are a bit more rough here but also spicy. Pair this with dark, roasted meat. Tasted October 2018.
91/100 Punkte Robert Parker December 2018 The 2017 Burgenland Blaufränkisch is pure and fruity on the fresh, precise nose and offers a charm, which is quite rare given this wild and spicy grape variety. Silky and intense on the palate, this is a fleshy, well-concentrated and pretty intense red from the deep and clayey soils of Zagersdorf. The fine, cultivated tannins are intermixed with refreshing, Pinot-like acidity, and the finish is aromatic, taut and dry, like thick cherry skins. Gorgeous. Tasted October 2018.
95/100 Punkte James Suckling December 2016 The elderberry and sour-cherry aromas of this wine are really intense, but on top of that a mass of herbal notes give it serious complexity, power and concentration. The body is delivered without a hint of heaviness, the freshness without a hint of sharpness, and a very long, silky finish makes this a near-perfect single-vineyard blaufränkisch.
91/100 Punkte Robert Parker December 2018 Heinrich's 2015 Blaufränkisch Leithaberg is from the southeast-facing vineyard slopes of Jois, Winden and Breitenbrunn, where the vines root in limestone, limestone-sandstone, slate and mica schist soils. Fermented for three weeks in open wooden fermenters and aged for 20 months in old 500-liter barrels, this is a deep, pure, spicy and noble-flavored red wine with fine terroir and fruit aromas. Full-bodied, very elegant, remarkably salty and long on the fresh and refined palate, this is an excellent Blaufränkisch from the Leithaberg DAC. The wine has tension, grip and mineral freshness that takes it into a long, concentrated, very stimulating and serious finish. Great purity and style here. Tasted August 2018.
92-93/100 Punkte James Suckling May 2018 A stunning nose of spices, licorice and a hint of graphite. A dark and dangerous red that combines warmth with great freshness. The moderately dry tannins drive the long peppery finish. Drink or hold.
93-95/100 Punkte Falstaff Weinguide 2013 Dunkles Rubingranat, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Zart mit Wacholder- und Lorbeernoten unterlegte schwarze Beerenfrucht, tabakige Nuancen, dunkle Mineralik. Straff und engmaschig, feine rote Frucht, präsente Tannine, die gut eingebunden sind, wirkt sehr leichtfüßig, extraktreiche Länge, sehr balanciert und frisch, delikat und lagerfähig.
92+/100 Punkte Robert Paker June 2016 A bit lighter in color than the corresponding 2009, the garnet-red 2011 Jagini Zagersdorf opens pure, ripe and rich, but with precision and intensity. Full-bodied, mouth-filling, powerful and intense, but with a bit more finesse than 2009. Very long and with tension. I have to add, though, that the 2011, as well as the 2009, have significantly lost precision and freshness overnight on both nose and palate, whereas the finish was still fresh and tension-filled. Drink it quickly, as a 94-pointer which seems definitely more fun. I should also add that I did not have the same experience before and left the tasting table with a big question mark.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker, June 2016 From an old high-density plot with 50- to 100-year-old Blaufränkisch vines on the deep and loamy soils of Zagersdorf, the 2012 Jagini Zagersdorf is very pure, precise, fresh and spicy on the nose. Silky textured, with a ripe and fleshy fruit concentration, ripe tannins and great tension, this is a lovely pure and grippy red raised for three years in barrels of different sizes (500, 1500 and 1700 liters) and another year in bottle. The plot is planted with 8,000 vines per hectare (1.20 x 1.20 m) and the material is obviously from Hungary (no clones, just mass selections). Whereas the 2011 was only two years in barrels, the 2012 (and the 2013) remain three years due to the loamy soils which produces wines that develop only slowly.
95/100 Punkte James Suckling Mai 2018 After four years in barrel, this complex and highly structured red is closer to a top Barolo than to most blaufränkisch. A very long, powerful finish with perfectly integrated tannins, suggesting serious aging potential. A joint venture by Moric and Schuster.