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Best Wines Of The World Austria

Best Wines Of The World Austria

Although small in size on the global scale, Austria is a hidden treasure producing some of the most unique wines in the world. Mostly recognized for its dry and sweet white wines, Austria surprisingly produces a considerable amount of magnificent reds. Famous for its indigenous red grape varietals, Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt, Austria showcases wines that are elegant and expressive. The food friendly Blaufränkisch is the perfect combination of pepper, herb, and red berries while Zweigelt is simpler and subtle with a juicy fruit character to it. Austria is divided into four main wine regions, all concentrated in the eastern corner of the country. Most well known in terms of size and quality is Lower Austria, followed by Burgenland, Styria, and finally Vienna, the only major city in the world that is also considered a major wine region. So, next time you pick up a wine list at a restaurant or wine bar, don’t be afraid to try those rather unknown Austrian reds. You’ll surely be rewarded.


Malat – Reserve 2012
Austria – Niederösterreich – Red
Very fine nose, elegant, with a slight meatiness. Quite intense with a certain maturity and complexity Fine spiciness underneath, I would call this quite Austrian spiciness with pepper, ginger and clove Fine example with good balance, polished structure and good level of freshness.
90 Points

Weingut Kollwentz – Steinzeiler 2012
Austria – Burgenland – Red
I truly like the spiciness here, very Austrian spiciness. Good freshness, good purity of fruit, no noticeable oak. Very digest palate. I like this a lot. It does have a quite high level of concentration. It is still youthful. Very elegant and juicy fruit, good level of freshness. Fine example, I would happily drink today, but it should have the potential for six to eight years in a good cellar.
92 Points

Domaine Pöttelsdorf – Attaché 2012
Austria – Burgenland – Red
Fine nose, showing some complexity and development. Very much Cabernet in style. I would even say, quite Bordeaux-like, with redcurrants, some aromatic herbs, like sage, mint. I think all proportions are there. This is not the most powerful or extracted example of Cabernet or Cabernet based blends, more in that direction of Bordeaux, medium-bodied, elegant. I like it a lot.
91 Points

Weingut Wagentristl – Blaufränkisch 2013
Austria – Burgenland – Leithaberg – Red
Very dense colour, opaque here with a blue-purple core, impenetrable. A lot of freshness on the nose here. It does have that layers of beautiful dark fruit, with spicy elements, a lot of pepperiness. Long and lingering finish. I think this is a quite natural concentration, not too much extraction. And even though this is a quite ripe style. Wow, quite a big wine, I would love to come back to it. It should develop really nicely.
92 Points

Wellanschitz – Hussi 2013
Austria – Burgenland – Red
Good example of having that density of fruit. Very discreet oak. Long, lingering finish, lot of layers, lots of things going on. Very attractive wine, I would happily drink it today. Still a bit youthful, twenty minutes in the decanter would do good, but it should certainly then have six to eight years of development if not more.
92 Points

Weingut Hans Igler – Biiri Reserve 2012
Austria – Mittelburgenland DAC – Red
It does have a succulence and freshness that appeals to me. Those grainy tannins are adding another element of freshness. That distinct Austrian spiciness I talk about with that ginger, clove, pepper. Long and layered finish. Truly an attractive wine to drink now and will certainly have a lifespan of seven, eight years ahead of it. So a fine example.
91 Points

Weingut Familie Pitnauer – Hagelsberg Reserve 2011
Austria – Carnuntum – Red
Quite intense fruitiness here, with notes of red and dark berries. A quite tannic style, but well rounded. Freshness is there as well. So quite bright acidity. It feels like it is rather well-balanced today and should certainly have a potential to continue to develop for six to eight years, something.
89 Points