The Wines of Steindorfer: First Class Blaufrankisch and Pinot Gris from Burgenland

Steindorfer is a family estate  located in Austria on the eastern shore of Lake Neusidel between the towns of Illmitz and Apetlon.  This location is ideally suited for the production of sweet wines and Ernst Steindorder and son Roland craft some of the finest in the area.  Located in the northern part of the Burgenland, they also produce first class Blaufrankisch from old vineyards and a very fine Pinot Gris reviewed here.

 Steindorfer 2016 Pinot Gris Fuchsloch Burgenland ($24) 91   This is a crisp, clean fruity Pinot Gris made from the single vineyard, Fuchsloch. It recalls fresh pear and summer melon and exhibits a charming minerality. Mostly made in stainless steel with the exception of about 20 percent that is fermented and matured in 500L neutral oak.

Steindorfer 2015 Apetlon Rouge Burgenland ($25) 90  Fresh red plum and berries show on an exuberant nose of this Austrian red blend comprised of 40% Blaufrankisch, 30% Saint Laurent, and 30% Zweigelt. This is a very attractive, easy drinking wine with a broad, juicy texture and packed with delicious fresh fruit. Beautifully balanced, too.

Steindorfer 2015 Blaufrankisch Reserve Burgenland ($34) 92  A very rich Blaufrankisch that will appeal to Cabernet drinkers, it shows dark red and blackberry fruit, chocolate, and toasted oak on the nose. Made from 47 year old vines and matured 17 months in new 500L French barriques, the juicy, outlandishly rich palate mirrors the nose, and finishes with lingering rich extract.

Steindorfer 2015 St. Laurent Reserve Burgenland ($36) 92  Like the Blaufrankisch, the St. Laurent is rich and flavorful.  It is elegant and reveals nicely concentrated  dark red fruit on the palate. While it’s well-oaked,  the wood is nicely integrated and the wine is well-balanced with firm round tannins and a pleasant finish.

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