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.
96/100 Punkte James Suckling May 2018 The intense elderberry and licorice nose pulls you in immediately. This is a highly expressive blaufränkisch with a sleek silhouette that is packed with spices and minerals. A very long and almost breathtaking finish. Bottled after three years in large neutral wood. Drink or hold.
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.
97/100 Punkte James Suckling, December 2018 This enormously concentrated red with ultra-fine tannins has just been released after more than four years of barrel aging. In spite of that, it still has some bright floral notes alongside all the berries, candied citrus and a hint of bitter chocolate. And just when you thought it is going to stop, another wave of flavor pours over the palate. Stunning now, but should have decades ahead of it.