Blaufränkisch

Blaufränkisch is the most important Austrian red variety to many Austrian vintners despite the fact it is not the most largely planted. Although it's exact origins are not 100% determined, it is believe to be of Austrian decent. The grape's name breaks down to mean, "good, fine" grape. Blaufränkisch thrives deep soils, but also does well in lime soils. The best expressions of the grape come from Central Burgenland and South Burgenland, both sides of Lake Neusiedl and Carnumtum (in lower Austria.) The grapes is generally harvested late and is prone to botrytis-related grape stem rot. Tasting notes: Aroma: dark berry, boysenberry and mineral notes Palate: Appetizing acidity and firm tannin structure. Typical wine making technique: Needs at least two years of aging before it becomes approachable. The best vintages have incredible and aging potential fermented in new French oak barrels. Blaufränkisch is often blended with small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Merlot.

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  • Peter Schandl Blaufrankisch 2011

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    Wine review by Americo Valdes


  • Velvet Pittnauer 2007

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    Wine review by dietmarbaurecht


  • It’s been cold as an Alpine breeze here in New York and that got me ... ... mountain varietals on offer: Blaufrankisch and Zweigelt. While these two wines can be quite similar, I tend to notice their distinctions as much as their similarities. The climate and soil of Austria yields wines that tend to be higher acid, crisp and crunchy with fine... Read More

    From the article Austrian Mountain Reds


  • Anton Iby Blaufränkisch Classic 2010

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    Wide open on the nose with earthy aromas of barnyard, diesel, dried peach and dried mushroom accenting amarena cherry fruit. Plump and almost sweet on entry, with soft tannins supporting nicely delineated black plum skin and light blackberry fruit. This is juicy and clear; though it lacks some complexity, it does pick up a nice streak of wild he... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Anita & Hans Nittnaus Burgenland Kalk and Schiefer Blaufrankisch 2006

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    A bit of funk greets the nose, reductive, though there is a deep gaminess here, with spicy mint and juniper framing notes to the dried berry fruit. Silky on entry, this shows fine focus in the mouth with a lovely nuanced Burgundian quality to the flavors. Fresh and dried berries are joined by dried flower petals, hints of beet root and spice, an... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Zantho Blaufränkisch 2008

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    Showing noticeable evolution on the nose, with hints of caramel and oxidation laying under a nice base of raspberry reduction and hints of bay leaf, black pepper and melon rind. This is lovely on the palate, juicy, transparent, still laden with fresh raspberry fruit laced with a hint of lemon verbena and a nice earthy edge that carries the wine ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gerhard Pittnauer Pannobile Cuvée 2007

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    Wine review by Barberolo


  • J. Heinrich Blaufrankisch 2006

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    Wine review by Barberolo


  • Prieler Blaufränkisch Leithaberg 2009

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    Wine review by Barberolo


  • Moric Blaufränkisch 2007

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