Me too, though it’s quite a new thing. We’ve been going to Austria over the last few years, family etc, but until the last two trips of ‘18 all my wine trying & buying there went into whites. Lots of lovely GV’s & Rieslings, of course, though one I often go back to is an affordable (they aren’t all in Austria) & v drinkable (many are) GV-Riesling blend called Wien 1, by Pfaffl. You can get it, of all places, in duty-free at Vienna airport for circa €8.
But I digress: Blaufränkisch. A couple of bottles were suggested to me when in Wein & Co last summer (wine bar & shop throughout Austria, v good choice though expensive, so I’m now keeping away from all but their offers.) Brought them home where one did little, but the other, a Wachter-Wiesler, was great: fruity, precise & with the acidity that you’ve all mentioned. Knowing I was going back to Austria for Christmas I did a bit more research into Blaufränkisch, to find that Mr W-W is one of the leading lights in a new generation of terroir driven, young organic producers, many of whom are in Burgenland. I enjoyed another of his when out there, a Bela Joska, which can also be drunk young, and have one to keep, a Ried Weinberg. Also bought home were others from the the new wave, as it were: Rennasistas & Franz Weninger, and some from the generation above these but who were among the first in the region to rethink Blaufränkisch: Ernst Triebaumer, Uwe Schiefer & Hans Nittnaus. Had a Triebaumer & a Schiefer over Christmas, just entry level, & they were wonderful. I really felt like I’d tried something new.
Sorry about all the names. Part of the reason for mentioning them is that you’ll find some in Newcomer Wines in Dalston, East London, a bar & wine shop that concentrates on low intervention, terroir driven wines from Austria, Czech & that part of the world. Maybe not to everyone’s taste (see a member’s comment about Pittnauer’s Dogma Blaufränkisch on the WS list) and I’m not sure I’ll like them all - and many don’t exactly sit in an everyday drinking budget. I’m in West London & haven’t made it over there yet, but will do so soon, hopefully when they have a tasting evening.
I’ll need something to try in the meantime as the advice from the Burgenland Vinothek in Vienna was to keep all but one of the bottles I bought there. So, the WS Birgit Braunstein . . . I see in his 2019 Pocket that Hugh Johnson writes of her “rare intuition, experimental spirit, amazing reds.” Of others mentioned above he says “bio producer of elegant, nuanced reds”, “gifted, intuitive” “creative & irreverent” “characterful, edgy; elegant Blaufränkisch”.
So there should be some great drinking ahead.
Apologies: longer post than I’d intended.