The Prieler family has 20 ha of vineyards on hillside slopes to the west of Neusiedlersee. Silvia Prieler and her younger brother Georg transform the high quality fruit produced by their father into an intelligent range of dry whites and reds. The whites show good purity and are unoaked except for a stylish Chardonnay from Seeeberg that is nicely restrained with a good minerally aspect to it. There is also an unoaked version from the Sinner vineyard. Silvia Prieler is passionate about Pinot Noir (which comes from the same calcareous soils) and there is real complexity and character following 18 months in partly new barriques. Arguably the best red is the Goldberg Blaufränkisch grown on slaty soils. Full of brambly black fruits, herbs and mineral intensity, it has lots of extract and power and promises much with 6–8 years’ age. Cabernet Sauvignon appears to struggle more for ripeness, with firm tannins but also deep cedary, chocolaty fruit. Also worth trying is a ripe, lush, berryish Schützner Stein, which is Blaufränkisch topped up with Merlot. There also now two releases under the Leithaberg DAC, a Blaufränkisch and a Pinot Blanc which have not been tasted.
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