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_362346Bottle Size: 750mlThis is 100% Blaufrankisch with an old world style. We blinded some people on our staff on this ruby-garnet colored red, and they all thought it was Langhe Nebbiolo. Elegant, light-bodied, with hints of forest floor, truffle and blackberry. We recommend chilling this slightly and then enjoying with a hunk of bread, some brie-like cheese and prosciutto. Enjoy now. A great picnic wine with finesse.
- Item #: i_324080Bottle Size: 750mlWINE ADVOCATE - 94 POINTS From hard primary rock soils with just a very thin layer of humus, the shining citrus-yellow colored 2014 Steiner Hund Riesling is clear, deep, pure and flinty on the discreet but subtly intense, complex and refined nose with its hidden floral, herbal and refreshing stony aromas. Full-bodied, pure and highly elegant on the palate, this Kremstal Riesling is lush and full of energy and vitality. Its finish is vibrantly fresh and persistently salty. This is a highly promising, Smaragd-styled Riesling in a purely mineral style. No hints of botrytis. Bottled in September 2017. Tasted at the Nikolaihof in Mautern/Wachau, September 2018.
- 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.