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Heidi Schröck & Söhne 'Wine Champion' Blaufränkisch, Burgenland 2020

Red Wine from Austria
Informed of this sample’s tasting room triumph, Austria’s Heidi Schrock was able to label this wine specially to celebrate its success in our 2021 Wine Championship! Adventurous palates will love this highly individual wine whose red fruit, pencil shavings and grassy, green-pepper like notes reminded some of Loire cabernet franc.
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Code: AA3451

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Blaufrankisch
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Now to 2024
  • 75cl
  • Screwcap
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Why Heidi Schröck & Söhne 'Wine Champion' Blaufränkisch, Burgenland 2020 stands out, according to buyer for Austria, Freddy Bulmer

Austria

Austria has a long history of making fine wines, but with the country’s wines undergoing a renaissance in recent years, now is arguably the best time to get to know the diverse and delicious bottles on offer.

There is evidence that vines were being cultivated in Austria for the production of wine by the Celts, even before the Romans. Austria was, rather surprisingly, the third-largest producer of wine globally in the 1920s, mainly producing and exporting simple light white wines. In more recent times the country has had to deal with the infamous ‘anti-freeze’ scandal of the 1980s when a handful of bulk producers were found to have adulterated their wines with ethylene glycol to sweeten their wines.

The problems of the 1980s hit the country’s industry hard, but also had the effect of initiating the most wide-ranging quality control measures being implemented to ensure that this sort of disaster could never happen again. The industry was further reinvigorated as larger and less...
Austria has a long history of making fine wines, but with the country’s wines undergoing a renaissance in recent years, now is arguably the best time to get to know the diverse and delicious bottles on offer.

There is evidence that vines were being cultivated in Austria for the production of wine by the Celts, even before the Romans. Austria was, rather surprisingly, the third-largest producer of wine globally in the 1920s, mainly producing and exporting simple light white wines. In more recent times the country has had to deal with the infamous ‘anti-freeze’ scandal of the 1980s when a handful of bulk producers were found to have adulterated their wines with ethylene glycol to sweeten their wines.

The problems of the 1980s hit the country’s industry hard, but also had the effect of initiating the most wide-ranging quality control measures being implemented to ensure that this sort of disaster could never happen again. The industry was further reinvigorated as larger and less quality-oriented producers went out of business, leaving old sites available for a new generation of winemakers and the original fine winefamily producers.

Austria's wine regions are confined to the east of the country where the Alps settle into the great Pannonian Plain, running north to south along the many borders from the Czech Republic in the north to Slovenia in the south. The climate here is continental, characterised by cold winters, hot dry summers, and often a large diurnal temperature flux with hot days, and cold nights. This is perfect for ripening a large range of grape varieties and retaining acidity and fresh aromas in white wines.

Broadly there are three major regions: Niederösterreich in the north, Burgenland and Steiermark to the south. Within these regions are a further 16 smaller DACs (Districtus Austriae Controllatus).

Niederösterreich (27,128ha) is known for high-quality white wine production, and most of the vineyards are focused along the banks of the Danube and its tributaries. Nearly half of all vines in this large area are grüner veltliner although world-class rieslings are also produced. Sub regions to look out for here include Kamptal, Kremstal, Wachau, Wagram and Weinviertel.

Burgenland (13,840ha) is the area of vineyards focused around Lake Neusiedl – Central Europe's second-largest lake which straddles the Austrian-Hungarian border. Full-bodied and rich red wines are produced under the influence of the hot continental climate. The complex soil structure throughout the hills surrounding the lake, the various aspects available and large diurnal temperature change allows fine mineral-driven reds to be made. The reds produced use local grape varieties which are suited to the terroir - look out for blaufränkisch, zweigelt and St Laurent. The natural humidity caused by the lake can also lead to high levels of botrytis making this an excellent source of high-quality dessert wines.

Steiermark (Styria) (4,240h) the smallest Austrian area is developing a great reputation for its steely sauvignons and fresh aromatic white wines. Although many of the best wines are made in such small quantities that they are never exported, this is a region to watch.

In terms of grapes, grüner veltliner, native to Austria and Central Europe, is the king of the whites in terms of volume. It is turned into everything from light, thirst-quenching wines to complex barrel-aged stars. It is a great food wine and is finding its way on to many more restaurant wine lists around the world.

Riesling is less widely planted, at only 5% of Austria’s production, but makes some of the country’s finest wines, particularly on the steep slopes of the Wachau Valley along the banks of the Danube. Riesling's common style in Austria is bone-dry, elegant and steely with fresh citrus flavours.

Chardonnay (sometimes locally called morillon) and sauvignon blanc are increasingly planted and are already showing themselves to be hugely promising. The highly aromatic scheurebe, a German import, has a foothold in Steiermark making peach and blackcurrant-leaf-scented wines that marry well with spicy foods.

Reds make up about a third of Austrian plantings. 13 varieties are permitted, including both the dominant indigenous varieties and those more recently introduced such as cabernet and pinot noir. Zweigelt is the most commonly planted, making up 15% of Austria’s red vines, and is a 1920s cross between blaufränkisch and St Laurent. It makes relatively light reds generally, with sour-cherry and redcurrant flavours supported by fine tannins and a spicy linear finish.

Blaufränkisch (pronounced blaou-FREN-kish) is a late-ripening indigenous variety can create wines with dense tannins, high acidity and concentration that can age well for many years. Generally the wines have notes of blackberries, ripe cherries or plums. St Laurent wines are often confused with pinot noir as they can have a similar profile: red-berry perfume, light elegant and crisp. However, St Laurent is often used to add elegance to a blend.
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Heidi Schrock & Sohne

Just five miles from the Austrian border with Hungary, on the banks of the great expanse of water called Neusiedlersee and close to the pretty medieval wine village of Rust, you will find the family wine estate of Heidi Schrock. Her family have made wine here for more than 300 years and Heidi took over the winery in 1983, a worthy successor to such heritage who has earned plaudits the world over for her wines.

Her 10 hectares are planted with a range of grapes – weissburgunder, furmint, muscat, grauburgunder, chardonnay, welschrieslng, zweigelt, St Laurent and blaufränkisch – to make excellent whites, rosés, reds, and her increasingly renowned sweet wines. The grapes grow on the sandy-clay and limestone with gravel, grey quartz, and schist in the mix on gently rolling country near Rust, the slopes forming a natural amphitheatre that soaks up sunshine levels that are above the Austrian average. She and her sons Johannes and Georg employ a regimen of sustainable agriculture in the vineyards. The proximity of the Neusiedlersee is a benefit for winemaking. Firstly, it regulates seasonal temperatures, tempering the winter cold and easing the summer heat. Secondly it brings noble rot, botrytis cinerea, which affects the grapes and creates lusciously sweet wines. Heidi has made the most of such conditions to become a pioneer of the sweet Ausbruch style, honeyed white wines somewhat reminiscent of Hungary’s Royal Tokaji, and a style that had not been widely made since before the...
Just five miles from the Austrian border with Hungary, on the banks of the great expanse of water called Neusiedlersee and close to the pretty medieval wine village of Rust, you will find the family wine estate of Heidi Schrock. Her family have made wine here for more than 300 years and Heidi took over the winery in 1983, a worthy successor to such heritage who has earned plaudits the world over for her wines.

Her 10 hectares are planted with a range of grapes – weissburgunder, furmint, muscat, grauburgunder, chardonnay, welschrieslng, zweigelt, St Laurent and blaufränkisch – to make excellent whites, rosés, reds, and her increasingly renowned sweet wines. The grapes grow on the sandy-clay and limestone with gravel, grey quartz, and schist in the mix on gently rolling country near Rust, the slopes forming a natural amphitheatre that soaks up sunshine levels that are above the Austrian average. She and her sons Johannes and Georg employ a regimen of sustainable agriculture in the vineyards. The proximity of the Neusiedlersee is a benefit for winemaking. Firstly, it regulates seasonal temperatures, tempering the winter cold and easing the summer heat. Secondly it brings noble rot, botrytis cinerea, which affects the grapes and creates lusciously sweet wines. Heidi has made the most of such conditions to become a pioneer of the sweet Ausbruch style, honeyed white wines somewhat reminiscent of Hungary’s Royal Tokaji, and a style that had not been widely made since before the devastation of phylloxera here in the 19th century.

As well as making superb wines Heidi has also pioneered the role of women winemakers in Austria, leading an organisation dedicated to the promotion of women in wine and helping to increase their numbers in her native land.
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Austria Vintage 2020

The 2020 vintage in Austria will go down as a vintage which produced wines with a particularly impressive ageing potential. It was a long and cool vintage, resulting in wines with an incredible freshness, focus and structure.
2020 vintage reviews

JancisRobinson.com

Bright mid blueish crimson. Attractive mineral note on the nose. Real crackling excitement here. Smooth texture and masses of pure, zesty fruit. Exciting dry finish. Very good value.

17/20

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