Updated: Dec 1, 2019
Once the WSET teacher pronounced: “ Austrians produce a bit of wine, but it is good stuff!” Well I am not Saint Thomas, but quoting him I told to myself “If I don’t drink it, I don’t believe it”. So I began my search across the Londoner shelves, looking for the nectar from Austria. I found it in Whole Foods, and I bought it. It is this Pinot Noir produced in the Burgenland region, next to the border with Hungary. The area is best known for top-quality sweet wines and red wine. Zum Wohl!
In the glass the wine has a ruby colour. The intensity is medium. It is clear with no traces of deposits.
The aromas have a medium intensity. As most of the Pinot Noir, red fruits dominate the aromatic palette, especially the strawberry and the cranberry. There is also a delicate scent of violet
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity. The tannins are medium. The alcohol is low (i.e. 12%). I think the wine has medium minus body with medium flavour intensity and a medium finish.
On the palate, we find all the aromas already evident to the nose, plus a red plum and a raspberry. The fruit is really succulent. There is also a hint of dry cranberries. The wine is evolving.
It is a nice balanced wine, whose strength is the extreme freshness and vivacity. The wine is not complex at all, but still honest nectar. I think it works well drinking by its own or with some charcuterie or finger foods. If you are wondering if it will kill you, don’t worry! It is an organic wine.