Thursday, May 7th: The Austrian Wine On-Line Round Table, ably chaired by John Szabo, featured four Toronto sommeliers discussing six wines (one of which didn’t show up in my package, unfortunately).
Here are my notes:
Tement Sauvignon Blanc Ehrenhausen Muschelkalk 2017 (Styria, $39.95)
Bright, straw colour; grassy, minerally nose of green fruit; medium-bodied, crisply dry, fresh and lively on the palate with flavours of green plum and grapefruit with a long minerally finish. (91)
Weszeli Terrafactum Grüner Veltliner Langenlois 2018 (Kamptal)
Straw colour; minerally, white pepper and green peach bouquet; medium-bodied, dry, elegant, beautifully balanced with vivid acidity and a note of mint on the finish. (92)
Pittnauer Perfect Day 2017 (Burgenland, $37.95)
A blend of Grúner Veltliner, Muscat Ottonel, Chardonnay and Traminer. Light gold in colour; aromatic, spicy, light floral nose; medium-bodied, dry, perfumed and elegant, melon and citrus flavours; beautifully balanced with great length and vivid acidity. (90)
Hajszan Neumann Natural Zweigelt 2018 (Vienna, $41.95)
Dense ruby in colour; reductive nose showing some volatile acidity; plum bouquet with a touch of oak spice; medium-bodied dry, sour cherry flavour, fruity but firmly structured. Easy drinking. (89)
Heinrich Blaufränkisch Leithaberg 2016 (Burgenland, $45.95)
Dense purple-ruby in colour; lifted, flora; nose with barnyard notes; funky, redcurrant and plum flavours; great mouth-feel and firmly structured. (89)
Is the Weszeli Terrafactum Gruner Veltliner available in Ontario?