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Austrian Wines

Austria’s 4000 years of winemaking history has seen more twists and turns than a downhill skier. It careered off-piste for a bit with mass-production, got walloped navigating several wars and hit some bumpy moguls at the hands of phylloxera and scandal, but it seems to have tucked itself into a more streamlined position and is building up some serious momentum. Adopting a “small is beautiful” approach Austria is concentrating on boutique wines. It produces some very serious Rieslings as well as some fantastic reds, which are remarkably chunky for such a cool climate. Once upon a time it was seen as a clone of Germany, but where the Germans have struggled to make their wine

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  1. Salomon Groovey Grüner Veltliner Austrian White Wine

    Salomon Groovey Gruner Veltliner 2016

    £11.50

    £11.50

    Once in while a wine comes along whose anonymity sells it to those who want to be drinking something that no one else is drinking. Now this doesn't always guarantee a good wine but in this case we have an absolute winner.

    Characterised by its own hallmark style but still crisp, dry, fruity and approachable this is a wine with really remarkable appeal. A dry white with that lovely hard-to-grasp balance that every white drinker wants. This fish deserves a bigger pond!

  2. Huber Riesling Eiswine 37.5cl

    Huber Riesling Eiswein 2016 - Half Bottle - 375ml

    £35.00

    £35.00

    The Austrians are well known for their practical jokes, so it's little surprise everyone thought Markus was jesting when he suggested they went out to pick grapes. It was New Years' Eve for pity's sake! Freezing outside! Surely, he was drunk...

    But no! Markus was serious. Out they went, dressed to the nines, not finding it very funny at all. The thermometer read minus 11. Even the grapes were frozen. Well, the excess water in them was, leaving the flavours there for the taking. Caramel and spice, a dainty hint of meadow flowers, locked up since Spring. Extraordinary. See what you achieve when you have a sense of Huber?

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