The four of us met up at Volker's house....he being the best cook!
I would bring the wines...whites only...all covered up...we love to taste blind and guess.The first was voted one of the best Austrian whites for the 2011 vintage.
Weixelbaum Grüner Veltliner Ano Dazumal 2011
Reserved at first...but really opened with a little wamth.
Yellow green colour...ripe pears...tropical fruit...touch of tobacco.
A complex wine that really hits the spot already. Elegant...and not fat as some Smaragd wines can be. Spicy and with excellent minerality. All of us marked it highly...and I will will try to leave the other bottles alone...however difficult.
The first course was, as usual, delicious.
Robert Weil Riesling Spätlese 2001
The colour pre-warned us...and so it was. This was more sweet than dry...
and the years had not tamed it. It was tried later with cheese for which it thanked us.
Another 'elderly' Riesling from Austria
Franz Hirtzberger Riesling Smaragd Singerriedel 2000
Low in acidity...just a trace of minerals...funky wine...and another for later in the evening.
The main course arrived...
Having thought that the two above would be risky...I had popped another into the fridge.
Veyder Malberg Riesling Buschenberg 2011
This vineyard is worked by hand...no way any machines can get at it.
Nose of apricots and asian spices. Orange and citrus follow. A most definite clear style. No trace of the oak it spends some time in. Salt, minerals, stones...all the ingredients for a very good Riesling. A wine with a future.
The final wine was one I had tried a few days before...
Full color in the glass....looks like honey. A gorgeous nose of soft vanilla and honey...sweet melons. The palate just takes over what has gone before...with oak perfectly integrated. A touch of white pepper. There are minerals in there as well. Long finish...and although it has 14.5% alcohol...it never bores.
Same notes...nobody guessed the grape...but then again...who could have?
The weather was milder...and we wanted to smoke cigars...so the two aged Rieslings were adequate as we discussed the world and it's problems.