93pts Wine & Spirits
This is Roland Velich's basic cuvée, from his younger vines (up to 50 years old). The wine is as bright as its color, its ripe raspberry fruit delivered on a velvety texture. For all its sweetness, it's balanced, with sheer, firm tannins and a dancing acidity lifting it into weightlessness. A hint of alcohol adds a white-pepper spice, but otherwise it delivers its power with grace and a sense of fun—it's a seriously good wine that doesn't feel like it takes itself too seriously.
93pts James Suckling
Brimming with blue and black berries, plus a slew of spices and dried flowers, making this hard to resist. So bright and vibrant on the palate, in spite of the excellent ripeness. Healthy, fine tannins, crisp acidity and mineral-herbal freshness on the palate. Drink or hold.
Made in an early-drinking style from 'younger' vines (10-50 years old) grown on limestone, primary rock, and loam from Neckenmarkt and Lutzmannsburg. Fermented in open vats and steel tank. A wonderful introduction to Roland's elegant take on Blaufrankisch. Since 2001 Roland Velich has been crafting world-class wine from Blaufrankisch. He is determined to show that this indigenous Austrian grape has as much finesse and elegance as Pinot Noir from Burgundy. Again and again, he has proven this to be true. Vintage after vintage these are beyond a doubt gorgeous refined wines. The Burgenland bottling is his business card per se, a way to discover the potential of this grape and winemaker without a long wait, however, it has the ability not only to show beautifully now but age as well. Signature characteristics are a lovely ruby hue, high-toned aromatic blue fruits, spice, and black tea.