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Top 13 Wines From Austria You Ought To Try

16/07/2020

Some of the leading trade buyers in France highly recommended these wines on the basis of Quality, Value for Money, and Packaging, in the 2020 Paris Wine Cup

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Apart from its Alpine Skiing World Cup, winter sports, its arts and crafts industry, most notably fine hand-crafted items, customized jewellery, ceramics, and glassware - Austria is also famous for its lip-smacking wines. Especially its Grüner Veltliner varietal.

Wouldn’t you like to try some?

Here are the top 13 wines from Austria that you should try this year.

1. Cuvee Prestige - Szigeti Sektkellerei GmbH

Produced by Szigeti Sektkellerei, Austria, Cuvee Prestige comes with 12% ABV. The grape varieties included in Cuvee Prestige are Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Blaufränkisch.

Cuvee Prestige has a bouquet of stone fruit, blackberries, and wild strawberries. Harmonious, full-body, wild strawberries on the palate, ripe and caramel.

Cuvee Prestige

92 Points

Gold Medal Winner Wine: Cuvee Prestige

It is perfect with aperitif and meal companion.

For the winery’s “house cuveé”, their cellar master combines three distinctive grape varieties to create a unique taste experience - just like in the production of champagne.

Cuvee Prestige won a Gold medal at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup held at Les Salons Hoche, Paris on 29th June 2020.

2. Riesling Selection - Bioweinhof Widerna

2017 Riesling - Selection Produced by Bioweinhof Widerna, Austria is intense golden yellow with ripe apricot aromas on the nose and elegant acidity on the finish. Aged in a barrel at Bioweinhof Widerna, this wine has 13.10% ABV.

Riesling - Selection

91 Points

Gold Medal Winner Wine: Riesling - Selection

Alexander, the founder had a vision from an early age, he wanted to be a farmer. At the age of 16, he laid the cornerstone of the farm when he bought his first vineyard. The fields and vineyards in the middle of the Retz region have been managed organically since 2000. He is supported by Elisabeth and the three sons, who contribute their different talents. The consciousness of nature and quality are the basis of a philosophy that creates wonderful, meaningful wines at Bioweinhof Widerna

2017 Riesling - Selection won a Gold medal at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup held at Les Salons Hoche, Paris on 29th June 2020.

3. Pinot Noir Rose - Szigeti Sektkellerei GmbH

2018 Pinot Noir Rose by Szigeti Sektkellerei GmbH, Austria, comes with 13% ABV. The grapes used in this wine are 100% Pinot Noir. 

Pinot Noir Rose has a bouquet that contains black cherries, wildwood berries, strawberry, and a hint of vanilla. It has a powerful structure and very well balanced acidity.

Pinot Noir Rose

90 Points

Gold Medal Winner Wine: Pinot Noir Rose

Pinot Noir Rise goes with all dishes – from aperitif to dessert.

2018 Pinot Noir Rose won a Gold medal at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup held at Les Salons Hoche, Paris on 29th June 2020.

4. Pinot noir Beerenauslese - Weingut Helmut Lang

Produced by Weingut Helmut Lang, Austria, Pinot noir Beerenauslese has an ABV of 12,5% Vol. Its drinking temperature should be 10°C for amazing results.

Pinot noir Beerenauslese

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Silver Medal Winner Wine: Pinot noir Beerenauslese

Pinot noir Beerenauslese has intense fruit aroma of quince, and apple compote. Soft and mellow on the palate. Decent blackberry and raspberry flavor. The gentle roasting flavor of light caramel. A sweet, little tart BA with an animating symbiosis between spiciness and fruitiness.

Pinot noir Beerenauslese won a Silver medal at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup held at Les Salons Hoche, Paris on 29th June 2020.

5. Blanc de Blancs - Szigeti Sektkellerei GmbH

Produced in Austria by Szigeti Sektkellerei, Blanc de Blancs has an ABV of 13.5%. It contains Chardonnay grapes. Blanc de Blancs comes with sades of peach, ripe, and lightly roasted hazelnuts. Dry on the palate with balanced acidity and hints of fresh brioche.

Blanc de Blancs is recommended with crustaceans, and also meat dishes.

Blanc de Blancs

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Silver Medal Winner Wine: Blanc de Blancs

A classic Blanc de Blancs which, like its French counterparts, is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes and matures on the lees for at least 18 months.

Blanc de Blancs won a Silver medal at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup held at Les Salons Hoche, Paris on 29th June 2020.

6. Chardonnay Beerenauslese 2017 - Weingut Helmut Lang

Produced by Weingut Helmut Lang, 2017 Chardonnay Beerenauslese has an ABV of 13%. It is served at a temperature of 8-10°C.

Chardonnay Beerenauslese 2017

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Silver Medal Winner Wine: Chardonnay Beerenauslese 2017

Chardonnay Beerenauslese is full-bodied. Velvet. Strong body. Dezent freshness. Ripe composition out of pear, apple, and honeydew. Slight buttery taste. Off-dry. Spicy taste supports the sweetness very elegantly. Long strong aftertaste.

2017 Chardonnay Beerenauslese won a Silver medal at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup held at Les Salons Hoche, Paris on 29th June 2020.

7. Gelber Muskateller Eiswein 2008 - Weingut Helmut Lang

2008 Gelber Muskateller Eiswein is produced by Weingut Helmut Lang, Austria. This wine has 10.5% ABV and it can be served at a drinking temperature of 8°C.

Gelber Muskateller Eiswein 2008

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Silver Medal Winner Wine: Gelber Muskateller Eiswein 2008

2008 Gelber Muskateller Eiswein is mature with fresh apricot compote. Glorious apricot and butterscotch complexity. Ginger top notes. Spicy citrus marmalade. Caramelized pineapple on the palate. High complexity due to maturity. High, flavor attracting balance with a zesty acid backbone.

2008 Gelber Muskateller Eiswein won a Silver medal at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup held at Les Salons Hoche, Paris on 29th June 2020.

8. Sämling 88 Trockenbeerenauslese 2017 - Weingut Helmut Lang

Produced by Weingut Helmut Lang, Austria, 2017 Sämling 88 Trockenbeerenauslese has an ABV of 13% Vol with a drinking temperature of 8-9°C.

Sämling 88 Trockenbeerenauslese 2017

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Silver Medal Winner Wine: Sämling 88 Trockenbeerenauslese 2017

2017 Sämling 88 Trockenbeerenauslese has a sweetish aroma of fresh grapes. Scents of citrus and lychees. Refreshing relation of sweetness and acidity. Pleasant herbal taste. Ripe grapefruit and orange. A fruity Auslese with a perfect balance of sweetness, acidity, and spiciness.

2017 Sämling 88 Trockenbeerenauslese won a Silver medal at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup held at Les Salons Hoche, Paris on 29th June 2020.

9. Rotholz Cuveé Barrique - Bioweinhof Widerna

Produced by Bioweinhof Widerna, Austria, 2018 Rotholz - Cuveé Barrique is dry with ABV of 12.5%. This wine is dark ruby ​​red in color, a harmony of fruit and velvety soft tannins.

Rotholz - Cuveé Barrique

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Silver Medal Winner Wine: Rotholz - Cuveé Barrique

2018 Rotholz - Cuveé Barrique won a Silver medal at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup held at Les Salons Hoche, Paris on 29th June 2020.

10. Sämling 88/Welschriesling Eiswein 1990 - Weingut Helmut Lang

Produced by Weingut Helmut Lang, Austria, 1990 Welschriesling Eiswein is dry and comes with 11% ABV. The quantity of this wine is 750ml per bottle. 1990 Welschriesling Eiswein isa fresh, spicy classic with lively acidity.

Sämling 88/Welschriesling Eiswein 1990

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Silver Medal Winner Wine: Sämling 88/Welschriesling Eiswein 1990

1990 Sämling 88/Welschriesling Eiswein won a Silver medal at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup held at Les Salons Hoche, Paris on 29th June 2020.

11. Riesling Eiswein 2015 - Weingut Helmut Lang

2015 Riesling Eiswein is produced by Weingut Helmut Lang, Austria. It is made in the southeast facing vineyards from the top sites Engelreich and Berg; conglomerate soil with high chalk content.

Harvested on the 31st of December 2015 at minus 11°C, 2015 Riesling Eiswein is fermented in stainless steel at 17° Celsius.

Riesling Eiswein 2015

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Bronze Medal Winner Wine: Riesling Eiswein 2015

2015 Riesling Eiswein contains strawflowers and hay, a very typical varietal character on the nose; dense with notes of caramel; dainty wooden nuances reveal traces of spice, clove cinnamon. This extraordinarily intense offering boasts with such an enormously sweet mellowness. Gorgeously focused and clean.

2015 Riesling Eiswein won a Bronze medal at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup held at Les Salons Hoche, Paris on 29th June 2020.

12. Gruner Veltliner - Bioweinhof Widerna

Produced by Bioweinhof Widerna, 2017 Gruner Veltliner is a dry wine with 10.5% ABV and comes in a bottle of 750 ml. 

Gruner Veltliner

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Bronze Medal Winner Wine: Gruner Veltliner

Its fresh and fruity lightness ensures - not only in summer - a tasty drinking pleasure. 

2017 Gruner Veltliner won a Bronze medal at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup held at Les Salons Hoche, Paris on 29th June 2020.

13. Chardonnay Trockenbeerenauslese 2004 - Weingut Helmut Lang

Produced by Weingut Helmut Lang, 2004 Chardonnay Trockenbeerenauslese is a sweet dessert wine with grape varietal - Chardonnay. Its designation is Trockenbeerenauslese and is produced in the region of Burgenland, Austria.

2004 Chardonnay Trockenbeerenauslese won a Bronze medal at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup held at Les Salons Hoche, Paris on 29th June 2020