About This Wine
About Austrian Wine
Austria is a country with over 4000 years of wine making history, but a scandal in 1985 destroyed its credibility. This is perhaps why the status and popularity of Austrian wines today still is not fully reflective of the high quality wines the country can produce.
Grüner Veltliner is the most important wine made in Austria, distinguished by its lightly fruity, noticeable spice and characteristic white pepper notes. This variety comprises roughly a third of all plantings. In terms of volume, Riesling plays a much smaller role than in Germany, but is responsible for some of the most appreciated dry white wines made in the country.
In red varietals, Austrian native varieties are dominant and include the tart and peppery Zweigelt, spicy and dense Blaufränkisch and juicy Saint Laurent.
World Wine – This originates almost entirely from one surprisingly high-elevation parcel of the Loibenberg. 'Ordinarily, you’d expect less botrytis there,' notes Knoll Senior, 'but this was picked very late, and the botrytis in this breezy location led to berries shriveling and quickly adding a whole degree of potential alcohol.' Creamy in midpalate texture, dominantly peachy and peach-pit-tinged, this also exhibits smoky black tea, piquant orange zest, almond extract, quince preserves and prickly spiciness, all reflecting its brush with noble rot. The long finish projects an enveloping sense of richness allied to tactile piquancy and cut.
Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – The 2015 Loibner Riesling Smaragd Vinothekfüllung was picked very late (after the rain) and with a significant portion of botrytis. Rich and elegant on the palate, this is a powerful and concentrated Riesling with a piquant acidity and a remarkable elegance and tension. The finish is long and firm.
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