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For the First Time : 95 Parker Points for an Austrian Red Wine

Zwei mit Rotwein gefüllte Gläser vor grünem Hintergrund © ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA


24 March 2009

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate is one of the most important and influential wine rating publications in the world. Along with Robert Parker himself, a number of top wine journalists under his aegis regularly taste the wines of the world’s best known wine-growing areas.

For several years, David Schildknecht, an expert on and lover of Austria, has been responsible for tasting and rating wines from Austria as well as Germany, Alsace, Burgundy, Loire and Champagne. For the Austrian wine ratings [pdf, 908.9kb], which were published online at the end of February and list mainly wines from the 2006 and 2007 vintages, Schildknecht travelled to Austria in the 2008 northern summer, visiting nearly 50 wineries.

The overall quality level is very high. Out of more than 900 wines tasted, 640 were published in the online issue. Of these, 16 (11 whites, 4 sweets and 1 red) received the highest rating description of "extraordinary", which represents 95 points or higher (in the 100-point rating system) for the best representatives in their categories. For the first time, an Austrian red wine - a Blaufränkisch - received a 95-point rating. Nearly 250 wines received top scores of between 90 and 94 points, denoting "outstanding wines of exceptional complexity and character" - in other words, absolutely terrific wines.
Schildknecht adds that “the list of French vignerons from the Côte d’Or to Roussillon who are getting excited by these wines would surprise readers.”