Sarah Jane Evans MW's top Austrian DAC wines
Eisenberg DAC (within Süudburgenland (498ha) ): Blaufräankisch
Only for red wines. Focused on the iron-rich soils of the Eisenberg hill. While Mittelburgenland’s Blaufräankisch is spicy, round, and fullbodied, Eisenberg’s is more structured, more mineral, with more precise fruit. Eisenberg DAC wines show a lively expression of the grape. The Reserve has more depth and richness from oak ageing. Eisenberg DAC Classic from 2009 vintage, Eisenberg DAC Rreserve from 2008.
Wines to try:
Wachter-Wiesler Eisenberg DAC Reserve Pfarr-wWeingarten Blaufräankisch Reserve 2009
From one of Austria’s many vineyards formerly owned by the church. Generous aromas of smokey, peppery cigar boxes, underlaid by red fruit. The palate is rich and powerful, a forthright structured serious style. Well-integrated oak. Shows the different terroir of Eisenberg. 17pts/20
Price: N/A UK; wachter-wiesler.at
Drink: Now to 2016
For more on Austria’s wines, DAC and beyond, see the Austria supplement, published with the June 2012 issue (except with overseas newsstand copies).