Categorized | Austria, Gruner Veltliner, Reviews

A white Austrian Invasion

Yeah, that’s right, Austria – you know, G’day Mate? Oh, right, it’s Austria not Australia – they make wines there? They sure do, and some of the more intreguing whites I’ve had in quite some time.  This small country in the southeastern part of Europe has a long history of producing quality wine-grapes, however, doesn’t have near as big of a following as other regions around the world here in America.

Darcy and Huber – the two men behind “The Austrian Wines” company in New York are looking to change that for the better by importing top-quality Austrian wines that showcase what that country is capable of producing.

In this review, we’ll take a look at four different whites, so let’s get into it:

2007 Hajszan Geminschter Satz Weissleiten – W.E.P. Rating: 90%

Price: $25

Nose: Sea salt, lemon curd, jasmine flower, blue stone, grapefruit and kiwi.

Taste: Spritzy lemon/lime action on the front-end – sort of like a 7-up invasion here but in a tame way. Nice bright acids have a good sugar compliment and don’t get too crazy. Super clean finish leaves a nice amount of fig and apricots hanging out on the tongue, along with some spice.

2007 Martinshof Dac Gruner Veltliner – W.E.P. Rating:  95%

Price: $19

Nose: Hints of apricots, bananna, green apples, peaches and grapefruit.

Taste: This wine is rather “viognier-like” in its approach. It has some of the semi-spicy notes a good, dry viognier has but it’s much lighter. Excellent layers of light fruit skimmers across the palate – peaches, green apple skin, peach skin, bananna peels and a hint of lemon and kiwi. Excellent acidity rips at the back-end and the finish is quite nice. Overall, a very solid effort.

2008 Rotes Haus Gruner Veltliner – W.E.P. Rating: 95%

Price: $20

Nose: Nice aromas of petrol, white peaches, flint, bananna, lavender blossoms, jasmine.

Taste: Excellent acids that embody waves of pears, peach skin, bananna peel, jasime, sea salt and flint – almost a pea-gravel thing going on here. A very dry white that has so many possibilities with food. It has a really godo balance of acids and fruit which help keep it in check. I’d easily pair this with everything fraom fresh seafoods to sushi to beef tar-tar.

2008 Edlmoser Gemischter Satz – W.E.P. Rating: 85%

Price: $23

Nose: Salt water taffy, green apples, pineapple and grapefruit.

Taste: Really nice, firm acids that explode into a tidalwave of tropical fruits – kiwi, lime, sour apple jolly ranchers and grapefruit. Good mid-palate transistion where there tartness and really picks things up – it sort of reminds me of a margurita with the salt around the brim. Good finish that hangs out for awhile with enough acids to make it very food-friendly.

For the complete list of available Austrian wines from Darcy and Huber, you can visit their website here: