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September 13, 2013 12:00 PM | By Our Somms | No Comments
Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts! Regardless of the degree to which you identify with the term, whether you like to enjoy a glass every now and then, or, like me, force house guests to perform a timed, oral blind tasting of any wine served and refuse to entertain any who cannot correctly identify the variety and the vintage within +/-1 year, we here at The Goat would like to foster your love for the drink by offering wine every week that we will showcase here in the blog, and have available for tasting on Fridays from 6~7 p.m.
Austria is once again the geographical commonality of the wines for this week, with both being the products of Weingut Wimmer. The estate, now under the care of Sylvia and Martin Hugl, is tucked away in the far northeastern corner of Austria, close to the borders with the Czech Republic and Slovakia. With its vineyards around the town of Poysdorf, this property produces a number of white varietal wines, and currently two reds, on a number of different soil types, each lending its own unique character to each wine. The white wine that we will be presenting will be their Grüner Veltliner, not too surprisingly, as it is the most commonly grown white variety in all of Austria. This Grüner Veltliner, however, is not all that “common.” Its a little heavier than normal, a little riper too. Forgoing the sort of enamel stripping acidity in favor of a tamer, but still very present, swell that comes to full strength closer to the finish. Stainless steel throughout the entire winemaking process keeps the fruit clean and the intricacies of wood out of the equation. The Zweigelt (I never get tired of saying it) from Wimmer does see a little oak, which, in this case, adds some complexity and character to this very cool red.
Weingut Wimmer’s awesome Grüner Veltliner is a riper offering, with crunchy apples, lean yellow citrus and an almost ginger like spice, flowing out of a wine which might fool a few blind tasters with its fuller mouthfeel and controlled acidity. This white is awesome all by itself, but if you must pair it with anything, something with some measure of pork sausage/belly or roast chicken will work well!
Wimmer’s Zweigelt is a cool, 100% Austrian red, whose spiced berry nose betrays a palate loaded with plum and tart dark cherries. Finishing with a bit of smoke and minerals, this red will make a great match with a dish of lamb or med-rare steak.
See you Friday!!!