Austria Uncorked

SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA

Tasted May 2, 2011 by WetRock with 1,054 views

Introduction

This was a rather large event featuring over 70 producers from Austria. Many white wines of Gruner Veltliner and Riesling were of crouse on hand mostly from 2009 and 2010 giving a snapshot of each vintage. There were winners from each but it seems like each vintage was a challenge for opposite reasons. The 09's seemed to suffer from roundness coming up short in acidity often. While the 2010's seemed to have strong mineral characters across the board but often suffered from a lack of fruit concentration. Top producers seemed to produce even wines in each vintage. There was also plenty of Zweigelt, Blaufranksch and St Laurent on hand. My experience is limited on these varieties but I do notice sameness among wines of Zweigelt and Blaufrankisch. Most seem to have a strong potting soil note on the nose and though this may be a regional character I do see this in wines from other areas, like in the reds of the Loire Valley.

Notable wines:
2008 Juris Reserve Pinot and St Laurent - Both displayed nice structure
2009 Veyder-Malberg Gruner
2004 Brudlmayer St Laurent
Both 2010 Gruners from Glatzer
2009 Gobelsburg Gruner Steinsetz
2009 Hiedler Riesling Gaisberg
2008 Hiedler Riesling Maximum
2009 Hirsch Gruner Kammerner Lamm
2006 Nikolaihof Riesling Steiner Reserve
Most of the Prieler lineup
The Kracher wines more than I expected - especially the 05 TBA #7
Paul Ach reds
2010 R Pichler Gruner
2008 R Pichler Riesling
2010 Prager Gruner
2010 Stadt Krems Riesling Reserve

Flight 1 (91 notes)

Red
2009 Weingut Juris Zweigelt Austria, Burgenland
Juicy, light, fresh and friendly though somewhat tart. An easy going crowd pleaser.
Red
2009 Weingut Juris Pinot Noir Selection Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
Ripe raisiny fruit on the nose. Lean and acidic with a decent grip and juicy ripe fruit. Pushed the ripeness a bit far but the structure is good.
Red
2009 Weingut Juris St. Laurent Austria, Burgenland
Acetone on the nose. Juicy but weak concentration.
Red
2009 Weingut Juris Pinot Noir Reserve Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
A vineyard select that also sees more time in barrel. A bit stemmy with nice acids. Juicy in character and doesn't show the extra oak. Very nice.
Red
2009 Weingut Juris St. Laurent Reserve Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
Ripe cherry nose. Strong acidity on a lean palate. Fresh fruit. Another nice entry.
White
2008 Weingut Knoll Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
This was tight overall. The fruit did seem fat but still inexpressive and on the flabby side.
White
2009 Weingut Knoll Riesling Federspiel Loibner Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
Nose of stony limes. Very fresh palate though the acidity is a bit watery. Good but there is some lack of concentration and acid expression leaving this as a younger drinker.
Red
2008 Claus Preisinger Zweigelt Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
Narrow and ripe but fat in the midpalate.
Red
2009 Claus Preisinger Blaufränkisch Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
Inky color. Big expressive nose with floral notes. Straight forward palate though there is a lot of acid. This needs to rest it's primary fruit.
Red
2009 Claus Preisinger Heideboden Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
A blend of Zweigelt, St Laurent and Merlot. Juicy and simple.Somewhat bland.
Red
2008 Claus Preisinger Pannobile Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
A blend of Zweigelt and Blaufrankisch. Very darkly fruited in color and character. Reduction and lean in feel. Needs to unwind but in a more modern mode.
Red
2008 Claus Preisinger Pinot Noir Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
Soily cherry nose with some pepper notes coming into the palate. Interesting and I'd like to see where it goes.
Rosé - Sparkling
2010 Weingut Markus Huber Hugo Rosé Sparkling Austria, Niederösterreich, Traisental
A new product for them. Fresh sweet fruits. A nice simple sparkling wine.
White
2010 Weingut Markus Huber Grüner Veltliner Hugo Austria, Niederösterreich, Traisental
Big oily fruit.
White
2010 Weingut Markus Huber Grüner Veltliner Traisental Austria, Niederösterreich, Traisental
Stony nose. Ripe fruit with a hint of pepper. Somewhat flabby.
White
2010 Weingut Markus Huber Grüner Veltliner Obere Steigen Austria, Niederösterreich, Traisental
Very lean and tight. Minerality keeps it interesting though I think the fruit is lacking some concentration. Seems 2010 was a difficult vintage.
White
2010 Weingut Markus Huber Riesling Classic Traisental Austria, Niederösterreich, Traisental
Nose of rainy pavement. Lightly expressive sweet fruit on the palate. Nice and if it can add some complexity in the next couple years, should be excellent.
White
2010 Weingut Markus Huber Riesling Engelreich Austria, Niederösterreich, Traisental
Not giving up much on the nose. Limes on the palate with juicy, stony acids. Nice and refreshing now but probably not a vintage for the long term.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2009 Weingut Markus Huber Riesling Eiswein Berg Austria, Niederösterreich, Traisental
Fat sweet fruit with notes of banana. This had enough acidity to buffer that fruit but this needs some bottle time. Very nice.
White
2009 Veyder-Malberg Grüner Veltliner Kreutles Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
A mineral bomb. Stony nose. Fresh palate with more minerals but this needs some time for the fruit to unwind. Doesn't seem to suffer from the ripeness of many of the 09's showed on the day.
Red
2007 Weninger Soproni Cuvée Sopron Hungary, Észak-Dunántúl, Soproni
Merlot and Syrah blend. Bright nose. Ripe juicy fruit with a bit of pepper. Crowd pleasing lower end entry.
Red
2008 Weninger Kékfrankos Soproni Hungary, Észak-Dunántúl, Soproni
Blaufrankish by way of Hungary. Peppery black cherry expression. Fairly big fruited and forward.
Rosé - Sparkling
2007 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Brut Rosé Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
Chalky candy like nose. Fresh and fruity but ultimately a bit simple.
Rosé
2010 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Zweigelt Langenloiser Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
Simple and juicy fruity but some nice mineral aromas.
White
2009 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Grüner Veltliner Terrassen Kamptal Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
Light and fresh with interesting savory notes. On the simple side.
White
2009 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Grüner Veltliner Reserve Käferberg Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
Softer and more expressive than the Kamptaler but seems to be lacking some acidity.
White
2007 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Riesling Lyra Zöbinger Heiligenstein Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
Lyra is a historical trellising technique still used on the old vines in this vineyard. Compellingly expressive and complex. Very concentrated fruit that will need some time to lay back but this needed a bit more acid to really make it really shine. Still impressive.
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Red
2004 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer St. Laurent Ried Ladner Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
Terrific complex nose showing big fruit with notes of peppery meats. The palate is still a bit lean asking for more time but this looks to be worth the wait. Juicy acids. Very nice.
White
2010 Weingut Glatzer Grüner Veltliner Austria, Niederösterreich, Carnuntum
Powerful aromatic nose with a dose of minerals. Lean feeling but with nice complexity. Very nice.
White
2010 Weingut Glatzer Grüner Veltliner Dornenvogel Austria, Niederösterreich, Carnuntum
Seemingly nicely integrated already. Very even and nicely put together. The Gruners from Glatzer were some of the most impressive on the day.
White
2010 Weingut Glatzer Weissburgunder Austria, Niederösterreich, Carnuntum
Ripe fruits up front but the finish is clean. Juicy yet even.
Red
2009 Weingut Glatzer Blaufränkisch Austria, Niederösterreich, Carnuntum
Dark red fruited nose with plenty of reductive stank. Lean and acidic palate with notes of soil and reduction. Not for the lovers of pure fruit expression.
Red
2009 Weingut Glatzer Zweigelt Riedencuvée Austria, Niederösterreich, Carnuntum
Dirty, soily, peppery and juicy. Again, another wine driven by secondary characters and probably in need of those settling a bit.
Red
2008 Weingut Glatzer Zweigelt Dornenvogel Austria, Niederösterreich, Carnuntum
A barrel selection. Clean and tannic. Juicy yet subdued. More elegant than the previous reds from this producer but not hard structurally.
White
2010 Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner Gobelsburger Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
Strongly acidic, even biting. On the simple side but nicely lean.
White
2010 Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Gobelsburger Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
The nose didn't give up much but the palate was expressive. Bright sweet fruits that were not all that Riesling like. This seems to be made as a crowd pleaser.
White
2009 Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner Reserve Steinsetz Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
Nose of wet pavement with an almost effervescent quality. A bit light on the fruit but there was much complexity in the minerality. Fascinating wine and I really liked it.
White
2009 Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner Reserve Lamm Kamptal Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
Ripe fat sweet fruit. In stark contrast to the Steinsetz.
White
2009 Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Reserve Heiligenstein Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
Concentrated fruit on the nose. More fat concentrated fruit on the palate which is very impressive but there was a distinct lack of acidity here.
White
2007 Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Reserve Tradition Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
This drank very tight. It did show some nice minerality and mouth stripping acidity. Hard to get a read on this one. Needs time.
White
2009 Hiedler Grüner Veltliner Reserve Thal Kamptal Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
Stony nose and fruity tart palate. The acids seem to fall away.
White
2009 Hiedler Grüner Veltliner November Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
Diesel on the nose. Flabby ripe fruit on the palate. Seems to suffer from the worst 09 had to offer.
White
2009 Hiedler Grüner Veltliner Maximum Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
Clean feeling yet the acidity does take a bite on the very back. The fruit seems ripe yet simple but with this bottling they manage to carry some decent acids along. In search of some time but probably not a lot.
White
2009 Hiedler Riesling Reserve Gaisberg Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
Narrow nose showing lime and petroleum. Fat, concentrated palate in need of acidity.
White
2009 Hiedler Riesling Reserve Heiligenstein Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
Tight but does give up some nice sweet tart lime. Fresh with a grape skin grip. This needs plenty of rest and doesn't seem to suffer from the fatness of some of the other 09's.
White
2008 Hiedler Riesling Maximum Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
Very nice nose. Almost Gruner like in secondary characters on the palate and very elegant. I like where this could go a lot.
White
2009 Weingut Hirsch Grüner Veltliner #1 Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
Simple and seemingly lacking in fruit.
White
2009 Weingut Hirsch Grüner Veltliner Kammerner Heiligenstein Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
Minerally and light but lacking in fruit concentration.
White
2009 Weingut Hirsch Riesling Zöbing Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
Muscadet like nose showing a big smack of minerals. Lime on the palate but lacking in some concentration.
White
2009 Weingut Hirsch Riesling Zöbinger Heiligenstein Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
Aromas of ripe limes and minerals. Bright, sweet fruits but not integrated with the acids yet. Needs time but has the pieces.
White
2009 Weingut Hirsch Riesling Reserve Gaisberg Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
Nose of wet rocks and lime. The fresh, slightly sweet fruits are balanced by the right amount of acid but they are a bit chunky now. This will need a few years like the Heiligenstein but should be lovely.
White
2009 Weingut Hirsch Grüner Veltliner Lamm Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
Bright nose showing notes of green peppers. Nicely sweet fruits on the palate. This was very good.
White
2009 Nikolaihof Grüner Veltliner "Hefeabzug" Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
This spends extra time on the lees. Diesel on the nose with a bit of honey. Complex and juicy but on the flabby side. Probably suffering from the vintage.
White
2007 Nikolaihof Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Im Weingebirge Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
Delicate nose with notes of honey. Soft fruit and medium acidity though the finish is nicely clean. Some notes of pepper.
White
2008 Nikolaihof Riesling Smaragd Vom Stein Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
Savory nose with notes of ripe lime. Ripe fruits show on the palate as well along with the quality of skins. This will need some time to integrate.
White
2006 Nikolaihof Riesling Reserve Steiner Hund Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
Picked with similar selection to a Smaragd would be in the Wachau. Very expressive nose showing strongly typical Riesling characters. Lots of concentrated fruit on the palate with a strong lime flavor. Somewhat astringent on the finish but I think this will be terrific given a few more years. Very nice.
White
1999 Nikolaihof Riesling Steinriesler Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
Rip, fat and complex nose smelling like a late harvest dessert wine. Ripe and clean with a dry finish. Bit watery towards the finish that carries a bit of a grip. Like nothing I've ever had in a Riesling.
White
2010 Weingut Familie Prieler Pinot Blanc Seeberg Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee-Hügelland
Stony nose of minerals and fresh white fruits. Fresh palate with a touch of minerals. Nice and straight forward and one of the better Pinot Blancs I have had though the bar is pretty low for me.
White
2010 Weingut Familie Prieler Chardonnay Sinner Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee-Hügelland
Clean with light notes of butter. Acidic but also on the thin side.
Red
2008 Weingut Familie Prieler Blaufränkisch Johanneshöhe Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee-Hügelland
Nose of potting soil and minerals. Acid driven with nice mineral content. Tight and clean. Very food friendly and could get better if the fruit has enough concentration to open over the next couple years.
Red
2008 Weingut Familie Prieler Blaufränkisch Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee-Hügelland
Dense fruited nose but allowing some minerality to show. Lean yet concentrated with strong acidity, juicy fruit and a light grip. Lingers on the palate for a while. I'm a fan.
Red
2007 Weingut Familie Prieler Blaufränkisch Goldberg Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee-Hügelland
Reserved nose. Very focused palate, clean and light with notes of peppery soil. Wrapped up right now but it looks promising.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2009 Alois Kracher Cuvée Auslese Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
A blend of Welschriesling and Chardonnay. Fresh and clean. Sweet but not in a sugary way, more fruity. Very if not complex.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2009 Alois Kracher Cuvée Eiswein Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
Blend of Welschriesling, Gruner Veltliner and Chardonnay. Nose shows fat peachy fruits. The palate doesn't show the hedonism of the nose. Thick and sweet but in a very pretty way. Very long with some tartness. This would benefit from a few years in bottle to let the thick sweet fruits integrate in my mind. Very nice.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2008 Alois Kracher Cuvée Beerenauslese Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
Blend of Welschriesling and Chardonnay. Ripe, sweet fruits with hints of botrytis. Heavier and tarter than some of the other entries.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2008 Alois Kracher Welschriesling TBA #2 Zwischen den Seen Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
Ripe, fat fruited nose. Tart decadent palate of buttery pie fruits. A dessert in and of itself.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2008 Alois Kracher Scheurebe TBA #11 Zwischen den Seen Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
Bright nose of baked apples. Very sugary on the palate. Too sweet for me.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2005 Alois Kracher Chardonnay/Welschriesling Grande Cuvée TBA #7 Nouvelle Vague Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
Fat nose that is very Sauternes like. Fat thick fruits but drinks in an easy, pretty way. The palate goes on and on. Excellent.
Red
2009 Paul Achs Zweigelt Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
Bright fruity nose with a touch of soil. Juicy and concentrated fruits but fades out to a weak finish.
Red
2008 Paul Achs Pinot Noir Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
Cherry nose showing minerality. The fruit is somewhat ripe but in check with balancing acid and some tannic grip. A nice basic Pinot but with structure.
Red
2008 Paul Achs Blaufränkisch Ungerberg Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
Nose of rocky soil and green peppers. Sharp at the finish but there is lean concentrated fruit here balanced by acids. This needs time.
Red
2009 Paul Achs St. Laurent Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
Cherry and rocky soil nose. Juicy though the fruit is a bit flat. Solid tannic grip.
Red
2008 Heinrich "Red" Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee-Hügelland
A blend of Zweigelt, Blaufrankisch and St Laurent. Fresh and tannic. Fairly simple but in a nice way. A nice low end option.
Red
2008 Heinrich Zweigelt Austria, Burgenland
Juicy but inexpressive. Bland with a late grip.
Red
2007 Heinrich Blaufränkisch Leithaberg Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee-Hügelland, Leithaberg
Juicy with late tannins. Simple.
Red
2008 Heinrich St. Laurent Austria, Burgenland
Very Pinot like nose. Tight, lean and hard. This is looking for some rest.
White
2010 Rudi Pichler Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
Powerful and complex nose with notes of flowers. Concentrated and powerful fruit yet reserved in expression. Looks to be damn nice with a little bit of rest.
White
2010 Rudi Pichler Riesling Federspiel Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
Not much from the nose. Lean and very hard. Oily acids with some minerals. Needs time but its not clear there is a lot of upside for this.
White
2008 Rudi Pichler Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Wösendorfer Hochrain Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
Some ripeness on the nose with a note of pepper. More pepper on a bright palate. Intriguing.
White
2008 Rudi Pichler Riesling Smaragd Wösendorfer Kirchweg Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
Reserved nose. Rich palate with plenty of secondary notes. The acids seems to have some ripeness lingering about. Should should be very nice with some rest.
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White
2010 Prager Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Hinter der Burg Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
Complex nose. Tight but there is some complexity peaking through. Nice interplay of fruit to acid. I like the potential here a lot.
White
2010 Prager Riesling Federspiel Steinriegl Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
Not very expressive overall but there is some strong mineral/wet stone notes.
White
2009 Prager Riesling Smaragd Klaus Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
There is a honeyed, botrytis note on the nose. The acids grow on the palate. A very different expression for Riesling for me. This needs some rest.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Sektkellerei Szigeti Grüner Veltliner Brut Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
A nice basic sparkling wine. Tart and simple.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Sektkellerei Szigeti Cuvée Prestige Brut Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
One third each Weissburgunder, Chardonnay and Blaufrankisch. Stone fruits with some rocky notes. Very hard, lean finish.
White - Sparkling
2009 Sektkellerei Szigeti Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs Brut Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
Minerally nose. Very lean but softly fruity. Chalky finish.
Rosé - Sparkling
2009 Sektkellerei Szigeti Pinot Noir Brut Rosé Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
Hard and minerally with very reserved fruit.
White
2010 Weingut Stadt Krems Grüner Veltliner Kremstal Austria, Niederösterreich, Kremstal
Sweet flowery nose. The fruit is round and soft, even a bit sweet. A bit bitter on the finish.
White
2010 Weingut Stadt Krems Grüner Veltliner Ried Weinzierlberg Kremstal Austria, Niederösterreich, Kremstal
Classic Gruner nose. Tart green citrus on the palate with a touch of bitterness. Very nice acidity. A nice buy.
White
2010 Weingut Stadt Krems Riesling Steinterrassen Austria, Niederösterreich, Kremstal
Made from the young vines at four sites. Juicy and lean with generous acidity that is on the watery side.
White
2010 Weingut Stadt Krems Riesling Grillenparz Austria, Niederösterreich, Kremstal
Very pretty and complex. Lovely concentration and balancing acids. Very nice.
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