Sarah Jane Evans MW's top Austrian DAC wines
Mittelburgenland DAC (2,117ha): Blaufräankisch
Only for red wines. Mittelburgenland DAC wines are bright and juicy with red cherry fruit and spicy notes when young, grown on deep loamy soils. Reserve wine are bigger styles, often with oak influence, which may dominate. Launched from 2005 vintage.
Wines to try:
Heinrich Mittelburgenland DAC Blaufräankisch 2009
With the move to the next generation the wines at this winery are continuing to improve. This one has dried sour cherries and dark plums: Heinrich reveals the depth of character of the cheerful Blaufräankisch. 16pts/20
Price: £14.95; Liberty, Corks Out, The Good Wine Shop, Swig, Slurp
Drink: Now to 2013.