Awesome Austria – Getting to know the white wines of Kamptal and Kremstal

Austrian vineyardIf you love white wines with beautifully intense aromatics and mouth-watering freshness, welcome to Austria ‒ your new favourite wine destination. Austrian wine was identified as a key trend in our last edition of Mode*, with growth driven primarily by premium wines.


What effect does climate have on the wines?

Some of the country’s best white wines come from Niederosterreich to the north-east of the country, which includes the sub regions of Kamptal and Kremstal. In these areas long sunny summers stretch right into autumn and steep, terraced vineyards maximise exposure to the sun, allowing grapes to reach full flavour ripeness. The areas also experience cooling breezes, which act much like Napa Valley fogs in retaining freshness and acidity.

And the grapes?

The star grapes here are Gruner Veltliner and Riesling, making wines that are characteristic for their remarkable aromatic complexity and refreshing minerality. These are real foodie wines that go with anything from rich meaty dishes to aromatic Asian cuisine.


Laurenz V, Kamptal

Laurenz V wine estate was created in 2004 with a mission to introduce Gruner Veltliner to the world. Founded by the fifth generation of the illustrious Moser family, they set about making the variety more appealing with their approachable labels and enjoyable drinking style. Each year they blend across separately-vinified parcels to create a snapshot of the Kamptal region.


‘Charming’ Gruner Veltliner

Laurenz V’s flagship Gruner Veltliner, ‘Charming’, is blended each year from up to 35 top vineyard sites, and stays on fine lees for eight months before bottling. Elegant and complex with a rich and smooth texture.

‘Friendly’ Gruner Veltliner

‘Friendly’ is the second wine from the Laurenz V estate and was made to go with food. Described as a ‘chameleon wine’, its soft, juicy palate and fine acidity are the perfect pairing for anything from pork belly to ceviche.

 

Mantlerhof, Kremstal

Kremstal’s Mantlerhof estate is based in a 16th Century monastery and has been owned by the same family for over 200 years. Its 14 hectares of steeply terraced vineyards are farmed organically on prime loess soils, with the focus on traditional Austrian varieties Gruner Veltliner and Roter Veltliner as well as Riesling.

 

 Zehetnerin Riesling

An intense, concentrated Kremstal Riesling, with beautiful aromatics, fresh fruit flavours and balanced acidity.

Weitgasse Gruner Veltliner 

This Gruner Veltliner is full of spicy, floral aromas, with flavours of pears and apples. It has a soft, smooth texture and a refreshing finish.

 


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Date:
15th February 2017


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