Austrian Wine Beats the World
(Singapore, August 2009). Austria´s Fine Brands is a portfolio featuring
some of the best wine estates in Austria. And this was proven again
recently at an international blind tasting in Singapore. The roster
of 13 tasters comprised the most renowned wine-connoisseurs of Singapore
participation list), including journalists, importers and sommeliers.
You will find the list of wines tasted via the
following link. For each flight, the tasters decided which wine
they preferred for the top position; the wine selected most became the
Falstaff Book Published:Here a short summary of the top scores of Austria´s Fine Brands in the latest published Falstaff wine guide book 2009/2010. If you would like to have information on the other scores, please contact Angela in my office: firstname.lastname@example.org
94 Grüner Veltliner Berg 2008, Traisental DAC Reserve
93 Riesling Berg 2008, Traisental DAC Reserve
92 Grüner Veltliner Alte Setzen 2008, Traisental DAC
(93-95) Riesling Heiligenstein Alte Reben 2008, Kamptal DAC Reserve
(93-95) Grüner Veltliner Käferberg 2008, Kamptal DAC Reserve
(92-94) Grüner Veltliner Dechant Alte Reben 2008, Kamptal DAC Reserve
(93-95) M1 2006
(92-94) Rosenberg 2007
(91-93) Pinot Noir Reserve 2007
Weingut Johanneshof Reinisch (JR):
(92-94) St. Laurent Grand Reserve Holzspur 2007
93 Zierfandler Reserve 2007
(91-93) Pinot Noir Grand Reserve Holzspur 2007
96 Zieregg Sauvignon blanc 2007
94 Sernau Sauvignon blanc 2007
93 Zieregg Morillon (Chardonnay) 2007
(88-90) Arachon Evolution 2007
(87-89) A'kira 2007
Weninger wines unfortunately were not tasted for the current issue of Falstaff. The following scores were given from David Schildknecht (Robert Parker´s Wine Advocate).
91 Blaufränkisch Dürrau 2006
91 Blaufränkisch Alte Reben 2006 90 Blaufränkisch Hochäcker 2006
Weingut Angerhof Tschida:
95 Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA) Sämling 2006
94 Muskat Ottonel Schilfwein 2006
92 Beerenauslese (BA) 2006
Trade News - Info from the Wineries:
Weingut Huber: Decanter and Falstaff Write-ups
In its summer edition, Decanter magazine listed more than 100 Austrian Grüner Veltliners that had been tasted by the magazine´s expert panel. Markus Huber´s wines reached top positions: the "Best Value" trophy was awarded to his Sainsbury´s Taste of Difference, and the 4-Star "Highly Recommended" accolade set Markus´s Alte Setzen amongst the best wines.
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In the July/August edition of Falstaff magazine, Markus´s Grüner Veltliner Obere Steigen captured the 2nd Grüner Veltliner Grand Prix championship. The purpose of the Grüner Veltliner Grand Prix is to identify the Austrian Grüner Veltiner that demonstrates the most in character and typicity.
Weingut Jurtschitsch: National Importer in Canada & the Next Big Thing: Käferberg!
Confirmed at Vinexpo: Jurtschitsch is the second Austrian winery to acquire a major national importer in Canada. Select Wines is one of Canada´s most established importers and will distribute the wines with the big "J" on the label. Info at: www.selectwines.ca.
In terms of wine making, young Alwin already took over from his uncles. One of the first things he did, was introducing a Grüner Veltliner from the Käferberg vineyard, one of the most famous and exciting Crus from Kamptal. It produces a very intense and powerful Grüner Veltliner from this cool site, basically grown on the top of Käferberg, which consists of mostly glimmer and shist soils which deliver deep and elegant minerality. This will be the next big thing! See also the tasting results from the Singapore tasting above.
Winery Markowitsch: Pinot Noir & Carnuntum Cuvée Listed at Oddbins, UK & New Importer in Sweden!
Since the beginning of this summer, the noble and rather "unusual" wine store in England (why else would it be called "ODD" Bins!) has been listing the wines of Gerhard Markowitsch. With his Pinot Noir 2007 and his Zweigelt blend Carnuntum Cuvée, Gerhard´s red wines are the only Austrian ones listed at this prestigious UK chain. Info at: www.oddbins.com
Also a new importers could be found in Sweden, they will primarily focus on the distribution of Gerhards wines in the ontrade: www.sigva.se
Weingut Johanneshof Reinisch: Three Brothers Making Outstanding Wines & New Importer in Denmark!
The Reinisch wine estate is now being managed alone by the three brothers, Hannes (cellar master), Michael (cellar and sales) and Christian (gastronomy and logistics). Their focus is on the varietals Sankt Laurent and Pinot Noir - for which the winery is known to produce some of the best not only in Austria, but also internationally (see Singapore tasting above). For a few years now, the Reinischs´ have also been cultivating two rare regional white grape varieties: Zierfandler & Rotgipfler grow on no more than around 100 hectares of vineyards worldwide. When these wines are tasted, it becomes clear why this region is always referred to as Austria´s Burgundy! Especially with Asian food those wines can be paired very well!
After participating in Prowein in Germany, the Reinisch family now finally found an importer in Denmark. From now on these great wines are distributed by Haller Vine (www.hallervine.dk).
Weingut Angerhof Tschida: "Fine Wines" write up & 6x Gold at the IWC, London.
There has been great success for Tschida in London. At the International Wine Challenge, the Angerhof Tschida wine estate won the following trophies: Sämling TBA 2005: Austrian Sweet Trophy, Austrian Botrytis Trophy, Austrian Sämling Botrytis Trophy and Burgenland Trophy;
Chardonnay TBA 2005: Austrian Chardonnay Botrytis Trophy.
Tschida also has been nominated for the IWC´s coveted "Sweet Wine Maker of the Year" title. The winner will be announced at the Challenge´s gala dinner taking place in London on September 2nd.
The pure excellence of Tschida wines has been detailed in an article published in The World of Fine Wine magazine this past spring: "Tschida is one of the most underrated wineries".
Plus, there are new importers for Tschida in Sweden (Vinovativa, www.vinovativa.se); Norway (Terroir, www.terroir.no) and the UK (Astrum Wine Cellars, www.astrumwinecellars.com)
Winery Arachon T.FX.T.: Austria´s Great Bordeaux beats Mouton!
When the three winemakers Manfred Tement, FX Pichler and Tibor Szemes founded Arachon, they set out to create a great Bordeaux-style Austrian red wine based on the Blaufränkisch grape. And they certainly have succeeded. Arachon can no longer be ignored on the red wine scene, especially as it has already beat out established great wines in legendary blind tastings. This was certainly the case most recently in Singapore see Singapore tasting above), where it mesmerized tasters even more than its benchmark, Mouton Rothschild!
For visitors, please check out the new winery as well. One of the architectural monuments of the Austrian wine industry is the newly build Arachon TFXT wine cellar in Horitschon (www.arachon.com).
Weingut Weninger: Not only Singapore Importer Excited About Dürrau
Blaufränkisch is being recognized more and more as the new great grape variety for cooler wine growing areas. Producers like Weninger, Moric and Schiefer produce some of the finest examples. David Schildknecht (Robert Parker´s Wine Advocate) as well as a growing number of importers in Asia are acknowledging that Blaufränkisch indeed can make great wines. While the initial order placed by the Singapore importer (www.artisan-cellars.com) was almost solely for Pinot Noir, now also Weninger`s Blaufränkisch Dürrau is - for the first time ! - imported to Southeast Asia. People who have an understanding of wine are particularly excited.
After all, Weninger was named as "Winery of the Year" by Wine & Spirits magazine last year. Link:
Weingut Tement: 96 Pt. for Zieregg 2007 and a New Importer in Sweden
The Tement wine estate now has a new importer in Sweden. In a few weeks, the young company, Vinovativa (www.vinovativa.se), will begin to distribute the wines of Tement. A strong focus on gastronomy as well as listings of innovative wines at the monopoly is Vinovativa´s main focus, and Tement´s Zieregg Sauvignon blanc 2007 should help achieve this goal.
According to Manfred Tement: "This is perhaps the greatest Zieregg that I´ve ever made."