Monday, March 26, 2012

Tasting Notes on some Austrian Wine

Gruner Veltliner is the most widely planted white grape variety in Austria. Lower Austria is the largest of the four main appellations.
2009 Fred Loimer LOIS Gruner Veltliner - Lower Austria  $17
Clear, pale lemon yellow color. Clean, medium intense youthful aromas of apricot and lime. Dry, Medium+ acidity, medium alcohol and medium- body with a medium grapefruit, white pepper finish. Good/drink now.
Kamptal and Wachau are  renowned areas for Gruner in Lower Austria due to the sun exposure on the terraced vineyards helping to achieve maximum ripening.
2009 Gruner by ETZ Kamptal
Clear, pale straw color. Clean, medium intense youthful aromas of grapefruit and pineapple.
Dry, medium acidity and alcohol with a medium- body and a medium length pineapple, grapefruit finish. Good/drink now.
Burgenland is a wine region is eastern Austria along the Hungarian border. In addition to making sweet wines, they produce some of the best Austrian dry red wine. Zwiegelt is the main black grape in Austria, it is a cross between Blaufrankisch and St Laurent.
2008 Trie Burgenland   $18
Clear, medium ruby. Clean, medium- developing aromas of undefinable red fruit and funk. Dry, medium- body, medium alcohol, acidity and tannin. Low flavor intensity/short finish. Not recommended, I am hopeful that this particular bottle is not an example of 'some of the best' Austrian dry red.