Monday, July 09, 2007

Prieler Ried Goldberg Blaufränkisch 2000

Now this is a 'different' wine from the majority one gets to taste or 'foreign' grape sort here..this is Austria's own!(although it's true origins have yet to be determined).Englebert Prieler is now retired and the his son and daughter are managing the estate. This beautiful vineyard of 20 hectares north of rust is farmed organically and produces what can claim to be Austria's finest red from the Blaufränkisch grape.
As the weather had improved..I had my first wine in the garden for 3 weeks..
Prieler Ried Goldberg Blaufränkisch 2000
Burgenland, Austria

A darkish colour with hints of cherry red.
The nose offers a complex bouquet of
game meats, dusty, 'new potatoes'
(write what you think when tasting...
you know what you mean).The palate has intensity,richness and concentration.
Earthy style, with well-integrated oak,
a touch of blackberry, and a fine finish.

Although it spends a phenomenal 26 months
in new French oak it shows no hint
of the oak overdominating the fruit,
drying out the palate or the finish.
Elegant..and a wine that slips down well...
Points 17.5

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