Title Story Issue/Year
Wine Pages: Tom Cannavan 89-90/100: Pinot Blanc Seeberg 2012

91/100: Pinot Blanc Leithaber DAC 2012

89-90/100: Blaufränkisch Johanneshöhe 2011

90-91/100: Blaufränkisch Leithaber DAC 2010

91-91/100: Blaufränkisch Leithaberg DAC 2011

93/100: Blaufränkisch Marienthal 2011:Big, chocolaty nose, with thick, rich fruit. Some spice and pepper and a little gamy note. But this is about earthy and chocolaty richness and conentration. Savoury, with the briny seashore note and wonderful juiciness. Has plenty of acidity and really intense feeling to the tannins that grip the wine now in that savoury umami character, the intense full and spicy fruit is in there, but this has massive structure and concentration.

The Press: Mike Tipping

...Most wineries in Austria are relatively small, family-run affairs, concentrating on quality not quantity, a good example being Weingut Prieler. I met up with Georg Prieler who has taken charge of the family winery and 20 hectares of vines in Schützner Stei, part of the hilly landscape and micro-climate, along the western shore of Lake Neusiedler. This includes the renowned Goldberg site from which a terrific single vineyard wine is produced, Prieler Goldberg Blaufränkisch.

Prieler's blaufränkisch grows here in mineral rich, slate soils. "We want to transfer the character of the region to the wineglass," said Georg.

His wines are impressive: beautifully balanced, mineral and judiciously oaked. If you want to discover Georg's wines for yourself, they are available through the UK importer, Clark Foyster wines. ...

Weinwisser 19/20: Goldberg Blaufränkisch 2005
19/20: Goldberg Blaufränkisch 2009
18/20: Marienthal Blaufränkisch 2011: beguiling plum aromas. Long tannin structure with a fine acid arc. Young, delicate, but still dynamic and with already a lot of spine, an enormous tension, liveliness, depth and vitality.
18/20: Leithaberg DAC Blaufränkisch
18/20: Pinot Blanc Seeberg 2012
18/20: Leithaberg DAC Pinot Blanc 2011
Decanter "This sensitivity to terroir is what makes Blaufränkisch Austria's best red grape", Stephen Brook.
Goldberg Blaufränkisch 2007: 91/100
Wine&Spirits Year's Best Austrian Wines:
92/100: Leithaberg Blaufränkisch 2009
91/100: Blaufränkisch Johanneshöhe 2009 - BEST BUY
Falstaff 93/100: 3rd place at the Burgundy Trophy with Leithaberg DAC Pinot Blanc 2012 2013
Wine industry "Cold soils, warm climate, in combination with the right varieties gives our wines their character", Georg Prieler.
92/100 Leithaberg DAC 2010: Rather Burgundian nose, fine wild berry fruit, sourdough, herbal spice; very compact but velvety, attractively tart, good length.
Washington Post Austria's silky, savory red Blaufrankisch

Blaufrankisch, said Georg Prieler, "for me is like standing in the middle of the forest. With Blaufrankisch, you have these leafy aromas, a bit wet, woodsy. I like a variety that shows where it comes from." Prieler bottles blaufrankisch from his family's Goldberg vineyard only in the warmest years. The 2009 was intense and round, gorgeous and seamless. The 1999 was beginning to show a hint of earthiness reminiscent of a Cote Rotie. Lake influence or no, these were beautiful, sophisticated wines.