Weinbau Schiefer Eisenberg Blaufrankisch 2009

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Weinbau Schiefer Eisenberg Blaufrankisch 2009

The source of Austria’s finest botrytized sweet wines, Burgenland covers a lofty portion of Austria’s wine producing real estate. It encompasses the smaller regions of Neusiedlersee, Neusiedlersee-Hügelland, Mittelburgenland and Südburgenland. The latter two are most associated with their exceptional red wines. The region as a whole produces no shortage of important whites.

Neusiedlersee, named for the lake that it surrounds to the east, is home to a great diversity of grape varieties. The region’s most notable wines, however, are the botrytis-infected sweet versions.

Neusiedlersee-Hügelland, which wraps the lake on its western side, includes the town of Rust, a historically esteemed wine community. Its close proximity to the lake’s fog and mist make it another source of some of the more prestigious botrytized wines. Neusiedlersee-Hügelland also produces fine Blaufränkisch, Pinot Blanc, Neuburger and Grüner Veltliner, though a label will usually name the more general Burgenland name so as not to confuse it with its eastern cousin, Neusiedlersee, across the lake.