Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wine ratings: Austria - Falstaff Top Red Wines 2009/2010

The Falstaff is Austria’s most prestigious wine guide. The Fallstaff Rotweinguide 2009/2010, the wine guide for red wine only, was released on December 9, 2009, in Vienna, Austria, in a ceremony in the Wiener Hofburg, the 3oth Red Wine Gala.

At first thought one might think of Austria’s climate as being quite cool for red wine. In the Alps and the western and northern reaches of the country this tends to be true. The eastern plains that border Hungary and Slovenia, however, are a different story. Right in the heart of this region is Mittelburgenland, and this is Austria’s red wine country, with 95-percent of the vineyards planted to red wine varietals. And there is global warming changing the wine map. Yes, Austria has an international reputation for its white wines, but there has been a revolution going on in terms of red wines in recent years. In Austria, red wine now accounts for about 1/3 of the wine production.

Earlier this year, for the first time, a red wine from Austria has earned 95 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. Moric, Blaufränkisch, Neckenmarkter Alte Reben, 2006 scooped the high ranking.

This success of the Burgenland red echoed a bit the triumph of the Pinot Noir of Weingut Meyer-Näkel Dernauer Pfarrwingert Spätburgunder Grosses Gewächs 2005, from the Ahr region in Germany that won the 2008 the International Pinot Noir Trophy (Over £10) of the Decanter World Wine Awards.

Here are the three FALSTAFF-SIEGER 2009 (Falstaff-Rotweinguide 2009/2010)

1. Blaufränkisch Perwolff 2007 Weingut Krutzler, Deutsch-Schützen
2. Rêve de Jeunesse 2007 ME/CS/SY/ZW Weingut Pöckl, Mönchhof
3. Blaufränkisch Spiegel 2007 Weingut Paul Achs, Gols

In addition, Falstaff also gave awards for each of the major gape varieties (Sortensieger). Traditional wines such as Blaufrankisch, Saint Laurent, and Zweigelt dominate production, but varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are being seen with greater regularity.

DIE FALSTAFF-SORTENSIEGER 2009 - Falstaff-Rotweinguide 2009/2010

Blaufränkisch: Common in Burgenland this makes spicy, sturdy, berry fruited reds which can have some tannic structure. Probably Austria’s best red grape.

1. Blaufränkisch Perwolff 2007 Weingut Krutzler, Deutsch-Schützen (1. Falstaff-Sieger)
2. Blaufränkisch Spiegel 2007 Weingut Paul Achs, Gols (3. Falstaff-Sieger)
3. Blaufränkisch hochberg 2007 Weingut Gesellmann, Deutschkreutz

Cabernet Sauvignon:

1. Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Weingut Anton Bauer, Feuersbrunn
2. Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Weingut Kollwentz, Großhöflein
3. Cabernet Sauvignon Tribun 2007 Weingut Taferner, Göttlesbrunn


1. Rêve de Jeunesse 2007 ME/CS/SY/ZW Weingut Pöckl, Mönchhof (2. Falstaff-Sieger)
2. Steinzeiler 2007 BF/CS/ZW Weingut Kollwentz, Großhöflein
3. Ab Ericio 2007 BF/ME/ZW Weingut Hans Igler, Deutschkreutz


1. Merlot Reserve 2007 Weingut Nehrer, Eisenstadt
2. Merlot Privatkellerei 2007 Weingut Schloss Gobelsburg, Gobelsburg
3. Merlot Schneiderteil 2007 Esterházy Wein, Eisenstadt

Pinot Noir:

1. Pinot Noir Baumgarten 2007 Weingut Pittnauer, Gols
2. Pinot Noir 2007 Weingut Gernot und Heike Heinrich, Gols
3. Pinot Noir 2007 Weingut Pöckl, Mönchhof

St Laurent: Makes soft, slight herby, expressive reds; it’s a bit like Pinot Noir.

1. St. Laurent Haidegrund 2007 Weingut Schloss Gobelsburg, Gobelsburg
2. St. Laurent Altenberg 2007 Weingut R. und A. Pfaffl, Stetten
3. St. Laurent Vom Stein 2007 Weingut Umathum, Frauenkirchen


1. Syrah Schüttenberg 2007 Weingut Franz und Christine Netzl, Göttlesbrunn
2. Syrah 2007 Weingut Leitner, Gols
3. Syrah 2007 Weingut Artner, Höflein

Zwiegelt: The most abundant red grape; makes good wines ranging from simple cherry fruit gluggers to more substantial reds destined for aging.

1. Zweigelt Golser Altenberg 2007 Weingut Birgit und Helmuth Renner, Gols
2. Zweigelt Schwarz Rot 2007 Schwarz Wein, Andau
3. Zweigelt Tanzer Reserve 2007 Weingut Sonnhof Jurtschitsch, Langenlois

Picture: Christian G.E. Schiller and Gerhard Biber, from Rotweissrot in Munich

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