Südsteiermark is a region in southeastern Austria that produces excellent, fruity Sauvignon Blancs which is exactly what this wine is. This is one of this producers entry level bottlings. Yellow/gold/green in color. The nose is pretty with pears, slight gooseberries, limes and minerals. On the palate, the limes and gooseberries stand out although there is some underlying minerality. Fresh with lots of energy. Long finish. This should be consumed in the next year or two. It drinks well on its own and will work well with lighter fowl or seafood dishes.
This is made from the Blaufrankish grape. Really an excellent wine. This is deep ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is great with sour cherries, plums, dust, baking spices, anise and a slight meaty note. Complex and big. Full bodied. On the palate, this is delicious. Lots of upfront plums turning to sour cherries. Underneath is a meaty/earthy quality with some black pepper. Like a mythical cross of Cote Rotie and Oregon Pinot Noir. This is complex and lively. It seems like it is near peak but then again it drinks youthfully. Without much experience with this grape
Consumed over two nights. Consistent. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has diesel fuel, lemons and salinity. On the palate, this is dry. Slightly viscous texture. Grapefruit with underlying minerality. Slightly bitter grapefruit pith on the finish. This is youthful but approaching maturity. It probably should be consumed in the next seven to ten years. This will work with almost any food, but sea food or poultry would be best. It will work better with food than on its own.
A very respectable showing for a 20 year old Austrian Riesling. This was about $25 on release and over the years, I have consumed a bunch - all good as it matured. It now has a deep golden color, clear and bright. The nose has slight petrol, a bit of burnt honey and nice minerality. On the palate, slight pineapple and apricots. This is dry. Good finish. This is drinking nicely. Mature, but no hurry. It should easily go another decade though it won't improve. It will work well with cheeses or even Thai food.
This is resally drinking nicely right now. Maybe give it just a bit of air. Light golden in color. The nose has peas, slight white pepper and pears. Medium bodied. On the palate, this has good, not intense acidity. Nice mouthfeel. The pears continue thru and give it some edge. Very persistent finish. Drinking well, it won't get better but should last for another five years. A nice match with lighter summer foods or on its own.
Gruner Veltliner may be the "national" grape of Austria, and there are many great ones, but they also do a fantastic job with Riesling. Golden in color. The nose has nice minerals, a slight peach and a slighter diesel quality. On the palate, this is dry. Excellent acidity. The wine is full bodied. Depth and complexity. Long finish. This should go with just about any food. Just starting to show some maturity, it will last a couple more decades if that's how you like your Riesling.
This is a basic Gruner that comes in a 1 litre bottle. It retails for $15 which is an excellent value. Also a crown cap for a closure. Light green/gold in color. Clear and bright. The nose is nice with limes, slight asparagus and minerals. On the palate, a lemon/lime quality. Good acidity. Some roundness. Not a ton of depth but some. This should be consumed in the next year but will be drinkable for a few more. It should go well with lighter fare and drinks well on its own. A nice wine to finish off summer.
Always a favorite, this has a new, more attractive label. Not as industrial as the older label. Light green/gold in color. The nose is nice with limes and minerals. On the palate, this has good acidity. Some lime. Long finish. $14 per 1 ltr bottle is a great price. Perfect for large get together s. Varietally correct. Food friendly. Easy to drink with a wide variety of foods or on its own. Should last five years.
This is a good wine, but given its $96 price tag, it was disappointing. A slight amount of trapped CO2. Medium gold in color. Slight sulfur to the nose but otherwise pretty tight. Some asparagus and limes. On the palate, this is soft. It has a dusty taste with slight limes. No obvious faults here. Given the pedigree, it may be shut down hard right now though that's not something usually associated with GV. Good acidity. Worked well with food. It did not seem to change in any respect for the two and a half hours in the glass.
This has some trapped CO2 in it which blew off quickly. The nose has tart citrus notes. Also some green apples. On the palate, this seemed ever so slightly sweet. Green apples with some orange peel. Nice depth and complexity. It was older than the other GV's tasted with but did not stand out (other than a bit more complexity). Good finish. Food friendly. Certainly seems like it has at least a decade left. $60