Some more Austrian wines...this time from three different areas...it is a pleasant journey...
Bründlmayer Chardonnay 2007
Now this is how to make Chardonnay!
As long as I can remember Bründlmayer has been making great wines. I think the first Chardonnay I tried from Austria was over 20 years ago...and his name was on the bottle.
This is bristling with minerals...not something you can say about all Chardonnay wines...but it still offers that delicious layer of soft vanilla. The man uses his oak correctly!There is not a trace of flabbiness...just a yellow apple fruit....and some pearls of acidity...and as you may have guessed...I like this and will buy more.
Muhr von der Niepoort
This wine is 100% Blaufraenkisch. Half of the wine is made by fermenting whole bunches with the stems, and then pressing off at just the right time to get the extraction right. The other half is made with an extended maceration on the skins of three months.
You'd think Pinot Noir is you had tasted blind. The colour is medium deep with a watering rim. Semi-sweet nose of ripe cherries....very enticing...this creeps up on you and developed well...the palate then shows some raspberry confit...all in all...a very impressive wine. I used a new 'pump' which claims it preserves whatever is left in the bottle to help keep it overnight...it seemed to work...the wine had softened even more.
Krutzler Blaufränkisch Reserve 2008
After the Spitzerberg I was quite hopeful of getting a repeat here. This was cherry chunky...firm tannins...liquorice traces...and needing air. We sat outside in a nearby restaurant...one of our guests had Hungarian roots....and I explained that the grape is called Lemberger in German....and Kékfrankos in Hungary. I can be very informative at times!