Austrian Whites Mixed 6 pack $260 + free freight (value $273) - contains 1 each of the wines below (3 Riesling, 3 Gruner Veltliner)
Austria's great grape gruner veltliner may be the cult white of the moment, but equally exciting are the superb, dry Austrian rieslings. Somewhat on account of the continental climate and complete absence of botrytis, they are richly flavoured and structured rieslings. Minerality rubs shoulders with sweet citrus and stone fruits (particularly apricots) to round out the flavours.
Gruner veltliner (pronouced 'grooner velt-leaner'), which represents more than a third of Austria's vineyard plantings, is hard to describe but much easier to drink - like really good riesling with the best aromatics of pinot gris and a touch of the weight of chardonnay. Jancis Robinson describes the wines as 'combining pefume and substance, not unlike some Alsace in style'.
Pinot Shop's Austrian white tasting pack of 3 Rieslings and 3 Gruner Veltliners features the country's top producers. All wines are DRY. Austrian Riesling and Gruner Veltliners age very well.
2012/13 FX Pichler Loibner Burstall Riesling Federspiel (Wachau) $52: FX Pichler's whites are amongst Austria's very best.This dry riesling comes from a flat vineyard of gneiss in Oberloiben, no botrytis issues, windy plateau – hence the name which derives from ‘castle stable’. Ripe citrus, mineral, spice, quite lush mouthfeel.
2013 Stadt Krems Riesling Schieferterassen (Kremstal) $39: With over 550 years of history, Weingut Stadt Krems is one of the oldest wine producers in Austria, and even Europe as a whole. Typically minerally but fruity with a bouquet of apricots and peaches.
2014 Prager Riesling ‘Steinriegl’ (Wachau) $62: Importer notes:SOLD OUT 'Toni Bodenstein uses all stainless steel, and it’s all very clean and high-tech at Prager. An icon of the new Austria and innovative is his approach; Toni has been in control of winemaking since the early nineties and has positioned the Prager estate as one of the very top echelon.' The Prager vineyard comprises some of the most extreme sites in Austria, the wines are pure, precise and intense.
2014 Weingut Nigl Gruner 'Gartling' Veltliner (Kremstal) $32: Nigl is pronounced like 'eagle'. A big favourite in the proprietrix's home fridge. It is refreshing, vibrant, full of flavour, not too acidic, has a slightly grippy texture on the finish, seems to be low in sulphur and goes down a treat. Extremely versatile food/balcony wine. Screw cap.
2015 Stift Goettweig ‘Goettweiger Berg' Gruner Veltliner (Kamptal) $40: The site of a spectacular Benedictine monastery, there has been winemaking activity here since 1094. Vineyard notes: 'The vineyards are situated on soft, south- and southeast-facing slopes close to the monastery. Protecting them from stormy weather patterns are the Dunkelsteiner Woods in the west. Here, the warm Pannonian climate is still effective. And the rich air from the thick woods lend to the grapes – and ultimately the wines - a significant spiciness. The extreme variations between day and night time temperatures – which are regulated by the Danube – also strengthen the grape aromas and flavours.'
2013 Brundlmayer ‘Loiser berg’ Gruner Veltiner (Kamptal) $46: Considered by Andreas Larsson, the World Champion sommelier for 2007, as the No 1 domaine in all of Austria, Brundlmayer is also one of the world's great white wine producers. The wines are dry, mineral and powerful and represent outstanding value. Vineyard notes: 'intriguing pure and complex flavors of hay flowers, stone fruit & citrus, fesh apples quinces and herbs also, with a hint of peppery spice and yeast; mild acidity, good body and length, plenty of extract, an elegant combination of fruit, spice and minerals, that finally link this classic Grüner to its origin of primary rock soil.'