Prieler Blaufrankisch “Johanneshohe” 2018

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Blaufränkisch | Burgenland | Austria | Red Wine | Weingut Prieler | 2018 | 0,75 L | 13,5 %
Prieler Blaufränkisch "Johanneshöhe" 2018 is a sophisticated dry red wine, produced from Blaufränkisch grapes, a variety esteemed for its depth and complexity, grown in the Burgenland region of Austria. This wine showcases the distinctive characteristics of the Blaufränkisch grape, known for its ability to reflect its terroir, with Prieler's "Johanneshöhe" embodying the winery's commitment to expressing the unique qualities of their vineyard sites through meticulous viticulture and winemaking practices. The 2018 vintage is celebrated for its balance, structure, and the vibrant expression of fruit, making it a prime example of the potential of Austrian red wines.
Tasting notes

“Johanneshöhe” 2018 reveals a rich tapestry of flavors, including ripe blackberries, cherries, and a hint of spice, underlined by a refined tannic structure and a lively acidity that leads to a smooth, enduring finish. The wine’s complexity is further enhanced by notes of dark chocolate and a subtle earthiness, showcasing the depth and elegance that Blaufränkisch can achieve. Its harmonious blend of fruit, spice, and minerality makes this wine a compelling and memorable expression of the varietal.


Pairing the Prieler Blaufränkisch “Johanneshöhe” with hearty dishes such as grilled lamb, beef stew, or rich vegetarian casseroles can highlight the wine’s robust flavors and balanced structure. It also pairs beautifully with aged cheeses, where the wine’s complexity and the cheese’s depth create a delightful taste experience. These food pairings not only enhance the enjoyment of the wine but also showcase its versatility in complementing a wide array of flavors and textures.

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Wine Searcher review

Classic Blaufrankisch wines are deep colored, medium-bodied reds with intensive black-fruit aromas, soft bitterness and spicy aftertaste.
Burgenland is a large wine-producing region on the eastern border of Austria. Despite the country's image as the producer of some of the world's finest white wines, Austria is also home to a thriving red wine culture: Burgenland, with its sunny, continental summers, is the country's key red wine region, with its wines based mainly on the Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt grape varieties.    The region occupies a narrow strip of land that runs from the Danube River down to Steiermark in the south. On its eastern side is the border with Hungary, and to the west lies the most eastern foothills of the Alps. Steiermark aside, Burgenland is one of Austria's southernmost wine regions, and topographically is more aligned with Hungary than with much of the rest of Austria.   Burgenland is home to four DAC appellations: from north to south; Neusiedlersee, Leithaberg, Mittelburgenland and Eisenberg. Within each of these zones, any wines which do not conform to the particular classification are labeled with the Burgenland appellation.   Burgenland's Lake Neusiedl (Neusiedlersee) is one of the viticultural focus points of the region. It stores summer heat from the Pannonian Plain, an expansive, warm area which covers much of Hungary and eastern Austria, effectively lengthening the ripening season into autumn.   In contrast to the other Burgenland DACs all of the wines of Leithaberg DAC qualify. Red wines must be made predominantly with Blaufränkisch. White grape varieties are Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Neuberger and Grüner Veltliner, either varietally or as a blend.    Mittelburgenland, south of the Neusiedlersee, is perhaps the most notable of Burgenland's red wine regions. The spicy red wines made here from Blaufränkisch have garnered the region its own DAC title, and the variety accounts for more than half of all vineyard land in the region.