92/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Feb. 2020 This shows a slight reduction at first, but those flavors add to the complexity of this silky, focused and well-balanced white. Notes of quince blossom, dandelion and ripe citrus mingle here, carried by vibrant acidity, which cuts through the velvety texture. Crunchy minerality marks the finish. Grüner Veltliner, Welschriesling, Muskat Ottonel, Weissburgunder, Neuberger and Furmint. Drink now through 2026.
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.
92/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Feb, 2020 This elegant red shows medium density, with tannins to match, and a core of plum and dark cherry flavors. Dark chocolate and spice notes glide along, adding complexity, as this evolves with each sip. Very fresh and long on the finish. Charming now, but should develop more with age. Best from 2021 through 2028.
92/100 Punkte James Suckling, Dezember 2019 The dark cherries, mulberries, raspberries and sour cherries are delicious here. Savory, taut and spicy, all at the same time, on the compressed, medium-bodied palate. Drink now.
A totally original style of blaufränkisch red, which makes me think thatthis is how the best wines of a century or more ago would have tasted when young. Discreet forest berries, but complex spice,savory and dried-flower character. Excellent concentration and a generous tannin structure that long barrel maturation has refined nicely. Drink or hold.
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.
92/100 Punkte Fallstaff, Weinguide 2018/19 Dunkles Rubingranat, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Feiner Duft nach dunklem Waldbeerkonfit unterlegt mit etwas Kräuternuancen, ein Hauch von Edelholzwürze, etwas Brombeerfrucht. Saftig, gute Komplexität, elegant, feine Tannine, fruchtsüß nach Herzkirsche, tabakig, bleibt gut haften, toller Speisenbegleiter.
90/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Dezember 2018 Sourced from the shell limestone soils in the Oggau Bratschweingarten, the 2015 Leithaberg Blaufränkisch was fermented for three weeks in open stainless steel fermenters and aged in Stückfass oak vats for 19 months. Pure, fresh and floral on the nose, with crunchy and spicy notes, this is a very charming, fine and elegant red wine with a delicate mocha flavor and refined acidity. This is bright, fresh, salty, beautifully straight and finessed and reveals stimulating purity and frisky character. The "Bratsche" is "the feminine part of the Marienthal," says Georg Prieler, who likes the Fruchtspiel a lot here. It's still young and a bit astringent but with very good aging potential. Tasted in Purbach in August 2018.