Austrian Wine Class
Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar
Roanoke, VA…September 13, 2017
Wine Representative Klaus Wittauer presents Wine from Austria.
Klaus obviously loves Austrian wines…as he explained during our Austrian Wine Class: Coca Cola wines you can buy anywhere. Real wines made by real people ~ with a story behind the wine is so much better!
We began the evening with Leo Hillinger Secco Sparkling Pinot Noir. Italy (much like Champagne, France protects the name “Champagne”) protects the name “Prosecco”, so Hillinger named this wine “Secco” to highlight the bubbles in the wine.
Class notes: “Pink Ribbon” 100% Pinot Noir crafted into a sparkling rosé wine made in the ProSecco style. It has delicate aromas of fresh strawberries and red berries, which follow through on the palate. the flavors are beautifully balanced with a vibrant and refreshing dry finish. Wonderful as an aperitif to begin a great dinner and evening, pairs well with Sushi, or serve after dinner with fresh strawberries. Secco also makes a perfect toast!! Hillinger donates to Breast Cancer Awareness and puts a little pink ribbon on the wine label. $23 range.
The first day of Fall is Friday, September 22, 2017 and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. The Josef Bauer Riesling Hengstberg 2015 is the perfect pairing for your Thanksgiving turkey and trimmings. This was my favorite wine of the evening ~ well balanced with fruit and fresh acidity, light peach and apple notes…perfect for Fall sippin’.
Class wine notes: This is a wonderful dry Riesling from a family-owned estate’s terraced vineyards over Feuersbrunn, Austria. Very ripe with lots of stone fruit aromas, full-bodied with a great balance of fruit and acidity. Great with white meat and fish dishes, light pastas, appetizers, especially smoked trout. Austrian Rieslings are generally loved by sommeliers because they are high quality, pair wonderfully with food and are light enough to not ruin your palate before a meal. $18 range.
Mr. Bill noted that Every day is holiday and Riesling fits with any holiday.
Steininger Loisium Weingarten Grüner Veltliner is a very popular Austrian wine. On my notes I wrote “Crisp Apples!”…which matches the crispness in the Fall air outside.
Class wine notes: Steven Holl – Kamptal Reserve. Named after the architect who built the Loisium museum. The label shows the original blue print of the entrance building, cellar world and Spa Hotel. A single vineyard Veltliner with inviting fruit in the nose, exotic notes and fine ripe aroma of apples. The finish is complex and balanced with a long beautiful echo and the traditional white pepper. $25 range.
These Grüner Veltliner grapes are grown in the vineyard that surrounds the Loisium museum and there is a hotel on the grounds. How fabulous! Here’s a link to Loisium Wine & Spa Resort Langenlois: http://www.loisium.com/en/langenlois/news-resort
Leo Hillinger HILLside 2014. I found this wine to be low tannin and very sippable.
Class notes: 60% Syrah, 30% Merlot, 10% Zweigelt. This wine has explosive nose of plum, raspberry, sweet tobacco and vanilla. Big and full up-front with good spice, black pepper and a long pleasant lingering finish. The Wine Enthusiast gave this wine 92 points. There is just a hint of dark fruit. The palate lightens with expressive and finely drawn fruit. There is pepper-tinged red cherry, fine notes of cranberry and red currant. The fruit here is beautiful and taut; there is freshness, tension and real elegance. Tannins are supple and fine, and the body is unforced and fresh. $35 range.
Steindorfer Beerenauslese 2015. Rich and honey laden with a touch of sweet petrol on the nose. To my palate the petrol makes the wine a bit earthy which pleasantly offsets the sweetness of the wine, but does not detract from the sweetness of the wine…nicely balanced. $30 range (half bottle). (This wine was not included in the tasting, but is one of our favorite ways to end a meal.)
Just for fun…take a bunch of green seedless grapes, wash them and remove them from the stems. Place in a bowl and freeze the grapes. Use them in your white wine to keep your wine cold. Red seedless grapes can be frozen and used to keep rosé wine cold.
Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance. ~ Benjamin Franklin
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