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Winner Details

Austria

2018 Gold 7        Silver 7               Bronze 6             Commended 7
2017 Gold 3        Silver 6               Bronze 3             Commended 7

Austria exploded this year. This was the country’s most medals ever – and a huge increase in places on the Gold List to boot. An increased number of entries helped. We’ve always said that if the wines come in, somms love ’em.

What was impressive here, however, wasn’t so much the sheer number of medals on display, but the variety, with medals for a wide range of wine styles.

Riesling and Grüner Veltliner we’d probably expect to do well, but the often-unheralded (red) Zweigelt put in a strong showing too, and there was warmth for much less typically Austrian styles as well, such as Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

With medals at ‘cheap’, ‘mid-price’ and ‘expensive’, this was a complete performance.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘They were very impressive in terms of pricing. Even the cheaper examples were good for what they were trying to do.’ Lionel Periner, team leader

‘Customers don’t ask for Grüner, it’s not that well known. But customers should realise there’s more out there than just the famous grapes.’ Rita Kardos, Gauthier Soho

‘The ones that we medalled would be easy to sell. They might need a bit of a push, but people like these wines and they do over-deliver.’ Richard Cavagin-Carey, The Harwood Arms

‘I have five or six Grüners on the list; people are looking for alternatives to Riesling.’ Adam Michocki, Glasshouse

‘You could put a glass of Grüner in front of anybody and they wouldn’t be upset. All quite middle of the road.’ Jade Koch, team leader 

‘The Grüners were a very good line-up, and very food-friendly: shellfish, no sauces, just something clean.’ Mattia Mazzi, Lutyens Bar & Restaurants

Award winners

Found 27 wines

Austria

Sepp Moser, Reserve, Zweigelt 2015, Neusiedlersee, Austria

Gold medal winner

Like a ‘mixed fruit strudel’, thought Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot as this Zweigelt snapped up a well-deserved Gold, with its ‘silky smooth mouthfeel and good length’. Meanwhile team leader Tom Forrest highlighted ‘creamy vanilla oak and dark stewy fruit aromas, and seriously ripe fruit on the palate with balancing acidity and soft tannins’, and The Cross Kenilworth and Simpsons Edgbaston’s Giuseppe Longobardi particularly appreciated its ‘spice notes of cinnamon and clove, leading to a sweet, long finish’.

£13.41 Boutinot

Laurenz V, Friendly, Grüner Veltliner 2016, Kamptal, Austria

Gold medal winner

‘Lovely apple, pear and floral aromas,’ began Yohann Pinol of Wiltons of this worthy Gold medal recipient, while Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club described ‘apricot notes with white flowers on the nose’, leading to ‘more complex, ripe apricot on the palate, with a light toastiness and refreshing minerality’. Team leader Laurent Richet MS thought its ‘lovely fruit concentration and good acidity’ made it a match for ‘a raw vegetable salad, or cordon bleu with horseradish’.

£12.57 Bibendum

Waldschütz, Classic, Riesling 2016, Kamptal, Austria

Gold medal winner

‘Distinct floral and citrus aromas, with a hint of ripe, exotic fruit,’ began team leader Lionel Periner in his praise of this Gold winner, going on to describe a ‘vibrant, balanced palate, with a long finish’, while Three Chimneys Restaurant’s Petri Pentikainen appreciated its ‘lime and honeysuckle aromas, with refreshing acidity and grapefruit notes on the palate’. ‘This really punches above its weight in terms of price,’ said Richard Cavagin-Carey of The Harwood Arms.

£8.50 Alpine Wines

Schloss Gobelsburg, Ried Heiligenstein, 1OTW, Riesling 2016, Kamptal, Austria

Gold medal winner

‘An open wine,’ began team leader Lionel Periner as this was led to the Gold podium, further describing ‘candied lemon and great acidity’, while Timothy Connor of Core by Clare Smyth found ‘great balance, with the fruit and acidity really coming together’. ‘You can really taste the soil,’ said an impressed team leader Angela Reddin, describing ‘a very mineral palate’ that followed on from ‘quite a classic dry Riesling nose, with lemon, lime and kumquat notes’.

£26.52 Clark Foyster Wines

Schloss Gobelsburg, Tradition, Riesling 2015, Niederösterreich, Austria

Gold medal winner

For Cheese at Leadenhall’s Robert Mason, this Gold medallist had ‘good body, acidity and concentration, with a leesy finish’, and he found ‘notes of fresh green apple and a chalky nose, with citrus and fresh stone fruit on the palate’, while Janusz Pawel Sasiadek of Bottles & Battles thought it a ‘pretty wine, with a lovely, delicate nose with apricot, peach and white flowers, and well-balanced minerality and acidity on the palate’.

£23.96 Clark Foyster Wines

Schloss Gobelsburg, Ried Renner, 1OTW, Grüner Veltliner 2016, Kamptal, Austria

Gold medal winner

‘A ripe wine with peach, apple, melon, honeysuckle and white pepper,’ began Adam Michocki of Glasshouse in praise of this Gold-worthy Grüner, while Mattia Mazzi of Lutyens Bar & Restaurants spoke of ‘a ripe, generous nose, leading to a full, weighty, complex palate’ that was ‘fresh and mineral’ too. Nelio Pinto of Candlesticks thought this ‘voluminous wine, with warm spice’ would be ideal served alongside chicken or pork with a heavy, creamy sauce.

£18.06 Clark Foyster Wines

Eschenhof Holzer, Zero-G, Grüner Veltliner 2017, Wagram, Austria

Gold medal winner

Garnering enthusiastic praise from our judges, this Gold Lister was described as ‘vibrant, with a green apple note and a slight spritz’ by team leader Laurent Richet MS, while Mattia Mazzi of Lutyens Bar & Restaurants found it ‘light and refreshing, with a hint of white pepper on the palate, and good length’. ‘Gentle herbal notes, with some floral elements too, lead to fresh green apple and some complex minerality,’ added Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club.

£9.06 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Sepp Moser, Gebling, Riesling 2016, Kremstal, Austria

Silver medal winner

‘A tropical, lemon and mineral nose,’ began Richard Cavagin-Carey of The Harwood Arms, finding this Riesling to have ‘precision on the palate, with tropical mango notes, as well as a nice level of acidity, and with sweetness that lingers on the finish’.

£15.76 Boutinot

Johann Donabaum, Grüner Veltliner, Federspiel 2016, Wachau, Austria

Silver medal winner

‘Linear and focused’, thought team leader Jade Koch, who also described this wine as ‘pure, clean and mineral’. ‘A rich, fresh wine with green apple notes on both the nose and palate,’ added Gabriele Galuppo of Theo Randall at the InterContinental.

£13.29 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Wohlmuth, Ried Sausaler Schlössl, Chardonnay 2015, Styria, Austria

Silver medal winner

‘An elegant and fresh saline nose’ started things off here, according to Cheese at Leadenhall’s Robert Mason, who went on to describe ‘subtle complexity on the palate, with well-integrated acidity, as well as good citrus and stone fruit notes, and good length’.

£14.88 Ester Wines

Lenz Moser, Malteser Ritterorden, Merlot 2015, Niederösterreich, Austria

Silver medal winner

Coworth Park Ascot’s Michael Fiducia liked this wine’s ‘soft, appealing nose of bramble fruit and creamy oak nuances, leading to a silky soft palate with light structure’, while Typing Room’s Alex Pitt alighted on ‘lovely damson and dark plums, velvety and rich on the palate with a strong finish’, describing it as ‘very plush’.

£15.83 Weinkellerei Lenz Moser AG

Nastl, Gigant, Zweigelt 2013, Niederösterreich, Austria

Silver medal winner

‘Some toasty oak and stewy red and black fruits, notes of minty herbaceousness and clove spice on a juicy palate,’ said team leader Tom Forrest, while Typing Room’s Alex Pitt picked up ‘impressive crunchy red fruit’, and described it as ‘juicy and lively, offering excellent value for money’.

£11.70 Character Wines

Proidl, Burg, Grüner Veltliner 2016, Kremstal, Austria

Silver medal winner

Team leader Jade Koch found this Grüner Veltliner to be ‘juicy, warm and crunchy, with a waxy lime character’. ‘Complex aromas of quince and pear, and very floral too, with good minerality,’ said Yohann Pinol of Wiltons.

£14.00 GK Wine House

Laurenz V, Friendly, Grüner Veltliner 2015, Kamptal, Austria

Silver medal winner

‘So intense, yet so delicate too,’ said team leader Laurent Richet MS of this Grüner, finding ‘lovely, vibrant acidity and good ripeness’, while Mattia Mazzi of Lutyens bar & Restaurants went on to praise its ‘ripe stone fruit, minerality and lively acidity’.

£12.57 Bibendum

Nastl, Klassik Cuvée, Zweigelt/Merlot 2015, Niederösterreich, Austria

Bronze medal winner

‘Has a good weight and nice juiciness, is fruity with spice notes and a good finish,’ began Alex Pitt of Typing Room, with team leader Tom Forrest noting: ‘Leafy, soft apple and currant fruit with some pastry notes and baking spices.’

£7.90 Character Wines

Günter & Regina Triebaumer, Classic, Blaufränkisch 2015, Burgenland, Austria

Bronze medal winner

The Don’s Carlos Ferreira found classic ‘spicy black cherries on the nose with meaty, floral and pine notes, prominent tannin but a very well-balanced palate and good fruit on the back. Good acidity too.’

£9.80 Alpine Wines

Tement, Ried Zieregg, Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Südsteiermark, Austria

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Lionel Periner described ‘ripe yellow fruit aromas, with candied lemon’, which led to a palate that was ‘complex and balanced, with good acidity and a long finish’. ‘This would do well in fine-dining establishments,’ thought Timothy Connor of Core by Clare Smyth.

£39.06 Top Selection Ltd

Rudi Pichler, Grüner Veltliner, Federspiel 2016, Wachau, Austria

Bronze medal winner

‘Some good complexity here, with crushed oyster shells on the nose leading to a palate that’s round, ripe and generous, but laced with some vital acidity too, all offset by what might be a touch of residual sugar,’ said Mattia Mazzi of Lutyens Bar & Restaurants.

£14.16 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Soellner, Oibelos, Blauer Zweigelt 2011, Wagram, Austria

Bronze medal winner

Typing Room’s Alex Pitt found ‘perfumed, floral aromas, plenty of fruit on the palate with a distinct, underlying mineral quality, subtle use of oak giving lovely depth and complexity’.

£11.25 Matthew Clark

Soellner, Fumberg, Grüner Veltliner 2016, Wagram, Austria

Bronze medal winner

For Yohann Pinol of Wiltons this had ‘rich aromas of peach and apricot, as well as some honey and vanilla, with some oak evident on the palate’. The Connaught’s Aurel Istrate thought it ‘balanced, with good mouthfeel and acidity’.

£15.48 Matthew Clark

Lenz Moser, Malteser Ritterorden, Grüner Veltliner 2017, Weinviertel, Niederösterreich, Austria

Commended medal winner

Anton Bauer, Rosenberg, Grüner Veltliner 2016, Wagram, Austria

Commended medal winner

Tement, Ried Grassnitzberg, Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Südsteiermark, Austria

Commended medal winner

Laurenz V, Charming, Grüner Veltliner 2015, Kamptal, Austria

Commended medal winner

£17.83 Bibendum

Leberl, Peccatum 2014, Burgenland, Austria

Commended medal winner

£21.00 GK Wine House

Rudi Pichler, Riesling, Federspiel 2016, Wachau, Austria

Commended medal winner

Goldenits, Blaufränkisch 2015, Burgenland, Austria

Commended medal winner

£11.29 Matthew Clark

 

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