Austrian Riesling 2010

Tasted September 14, 2011 - December 31, 2011 by wineamateur with 462 views

Introduction

I recently bought a bunch of Austrian Rieslings from the 2010 vintage (all very highly rated by Falstaff magazine - with the exception of one unrated wine (from Kroiss) added later - and well-priced at around Euro 15 to 20 per bottle), and thought I'd drink them over a concentrated period of time so as to compare and contrast. (And to stock up on my favourites amongst them.) I'll add to the event list as I taste them.

Flight 1 (9 notes)

White
2010 Weingut Stadt Krems Riesling Grillenparz Austria, Niederösterreich, Kremstal
88 points
Quite golden in colour for such a young wine (but pale gold). Ripe but delicate nose with exotic fruits (pineapple, hint of lychee) and floral notes; some clove and mace spice too. Flavoursome, with a nice lemony finish, but (as yet) rather open-knit and lacking a bit in definition. Hopefully will develop some extra dimensions in time.
White
2010 Buchegger Riesling Tiefenthal Austria, Niederösterreich, Kremstal
86 points
Bright pale gold, green tinged. Ripe but yet delicate aroma profile, with lime, apricot and papaya. A bit dilute on the palate, lacking a bit of assertiveness, but nice lime notes on a lively and reasonably lengthy finish. Nice enough, but not one to rush back to.
White
2010 Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Reserve Gaisberg Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
89 points
Pale golden, a bit of fizz at first, but soon cleared up. Crisp, fresh lime and apples on the nose, with a background of almonds and marzipan. Powerful and clean-cut in the mouth, with some zingy acidity. Tasty, but more admirable than lovable as yet.
White
2010 Kroiss Riesling Hackenberg Austria, Wien
88 points
Aromatic, crisp and fruity, with pronounced lime, green apples and a nice underlying minerality. Forward and attractive in the mouth, with a good bit of zing. Very nice for the price point (c Eur 11). May not be for the long term, but very nice to drink now.
White
2010 Nigl Riesling Senftenberger Piri Austria, Niederösterreich, Kremstal
92 points
Pale white gold; bright. Gorgeous nose of zingy lime, lemon sherbet, sweet tropical fruits (pineapple, mango) and a bit of steeliness and minerality too. Nicely balanced and very more-ish on the palate. Long finish.
White
2010 Stift Göttweig Riesling Reserve Silberbichl Kremstal Austria, Niederösterreich, Kremstal
90 points
Pale yellow gold. Thickly textured aromatic profile, freshening up with some time, with banana, green apples, mango and papaya. Ripe and flavoursome on the palate, with a yeasty undertow, balanced with some zingy acidity. Impressive and pleasing (though not as beguiling as some).
White
2010 Jurtschitsch Riesling Loiserberg Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
91 points
Exuberantly fruity wine on the nose, with sweet red apples, peaches and pears. A nice lightness of touch on the palate, and good balance between fruit and acidity, with a persistent, gently fading finish. Very pale gold in colour. Exceptionally nice wine to drink now, but does it have the stuffing for the long haul?
White
2010 Nikolaihof Riesling Federspiel Vom Stein Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
91 points
Nicely perfumed, floral, with a lovely Chablis-like steeliness and minerality. Good grip on the palate, honeyed, with lemon and lime, and a pleasing austerity. Good finish. Clean and bright pale-gold appearance.
White
2010 Mayer am Pfarrplatz Riesling Nußberg Austria, Wien
85 points
Steely on the nose, with some intruiging floral and white peach notes developing in the couple of days after opening. A little bit nondescript on the palate, with mildly mouthpuckering acidity, and something of a sugar water finish. Overall, not bad, but not one to rush back to.
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