Austrian wines are mostly dry white wines (often made from the Grüner Veltliner grape), though some sweeter white wines (such as dessert wines made around the Neusiedler See) are also produced. About 30% of the wines are red, made from Blaufränkisch (also known as Lemberger, or as Kékfrankos in neighbouring Hungary), Pinot Noir and locally bred varieties such as Zweigelt. The country is also home to Riedel, makers of some of the most expensive wine glasses in the world. Some of the best producers of Austria include Weingut F.X. Pichler and Weingut Franz Hirtzberger, Weingut Hutter, Weingut Eigl and Wellanschitz.
- Item #: i_372014Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 90
JAMES SUCKLING 91 POINTS Both juicy and elegant with delicate snow-pea and herbal character, this is prototypical Wachau grüner veltliner. Quite a long, lively finish. Drink now.
From sandy loess and weathered primary rock soils Gruner Veltliner Federspiel Kreutles opens with a clear and aromatic bouquet of ripe, yellow-skinned apples. Medium-bodied and refreshingly piquant, this is a lean and elegant, straight and piquant, dry Veltliner with grip and lovely ripe-apple flavors in the finish.
- Item #: i_322292Bottle Size: 750mlWINE SPECTATOR - 93 POINTS A graceful, aromatic version, with aromas of spice and rose water and flavors of nectarine, clementine and coriander. This is lithe and slim yet complex and flavorful, delivering a lot of pleasure right now, but with the ability to age gracefully over the next decade. A saffron note emerges on the finish. Drink now through 2026. 35 cases imported. –AZ
WINE ADVOCATE 91+ POINTS The 2016 Durnsteiner Riesling Smaragd is the former Loibner Oberhauser, so the single vineyard has been downgraded to a village wine with the 2016 vintage but will always be sold as Smaragd. Coming from a terraced vineyard on crystalline bedrock, the 2016 has a clear and flinty bouquet with fresh vegetal, almost peppery aromas. On the palate, this is a clear, fresh, pure and elegant Riesling. It is lean and terribly fresh, full of minerals, grip and tension. The finish is pure and salty and displays white peach fruit aromas in the aftertaste. A classic, very characterful, finessed and age-worthy Riesling from the Wachau.
JAMES SUCKLING - 94 POINTS "Rippling with apricot, but still very young and lively, this is a dry riesling that could win over a chardonnay addict thanks to its ripeness, succulence and moderate acidity. A long, relatively supple finish. Better from 2018 and will mature for at least another 15 years."
FALSTAFF - 93 POINTS Bright yellow-green. Fine white tropical fruit, hints of passion fruit and pineapple, mineral nuances. Juicy, balanced, fine fruit sweetness, well integrated acidity, it sticks well, well developed, fine apricot fruit in the reverberation. "/ Feine weiße Tropenfrucht, ein Hauch von Maracuja und Ananas, mineralische Nuancen. Saftig, ausgewogen, feine Fruchtsusse, gut integrierte Saurestruktur, bleibt gut haften, gut entwickelt, feine Marillenfrucht im Nachhall."
- Item #: i_372459Bottle Size: 750mlWINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS Martin Mittelbach's 2014 Riesling Smaragd Loibenberg opens pure and very smoky on the deep, well-concentrated nose. This is elegant, clear and finesse-full Riesling made from partly overripe Riesling berries, which give the intense and concentrated fruit on the palate. Some grams of residual sugar help to keep the alcohol moderate and the aging potential high. There is nice and stimulating salinity in the finish.