Great Austrian Whites – 2010 Vintage

2010 Riesling and Grüner Veltliner, Weingut Bründlmayer, Weingut Emmerich Knoll, F.X. PichlerWe could make a strong argument for the output of our top Austrian producers being among the most exciting wines available anywhere and at any price. Their wines offer a unique set of flavours; both the Riesling and Grüner Veltliner varieties age gracefully and are amazingly versatile with food, managing to display freshness, weight and power simultaneously.

UnlikeBurgundy, the producers from whom we buy allow us to cherry-pick wines from their very best vineyards. The majority of their sales are still to the domestic market and so their prices remain sensible and stable, making this a great time to buy some of the finest wines inEurope.

The vintage

A cool and wet flowering suppressed yields, but it was these reduced yields that paid great dividends at harvest as  a dry and warm autumn with cool nights produced concentrated, well-balanced wines with huge potential.

The 2010 vintage was overall more successful for Grüner than the later-ripening Riesling. The Grüners have the same density and weight as 2009, without quite the same richness, but feel better balanced due to a wonderful, lace-like acidity. To make great Riesling in 2010 a producer had to wait or be making wine from one of the well-exposed vineyards such as Kellerberg – as ever though, we have bought only those most successful wines. All the wines will benefit from a couple of years in the bottle, but the Rieslings should really blossom after four or five.

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