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Home Winners > Winners 2019 > Austria

Winner Details

Austria

2019 GOLD: 3      SILVER: 8      BRONZE: 2      COMMENDED: 7
2018 GOLD: 7      SILVER: 7      BRONZE: 6      COMMENDED: 7

Last year was atypically amazing for Austria in this competition: we had seven Golds scattered across Riesling, Grüner and a Zweigelt. This year, by comparison, was nowhere near as good, though it was probably back to what we expect from the country. And while the numbers weren’t so compelling our teams still managed to spread the Golds around stylistically again.

Interestingly, given that nobody, not even the Austrians, would describe their wines as especially cheap, the pricing was pretty good here throughout the medals, with the only disappointment being a patchy selection of reds. Our teams worked hard to get the medal winners you see here.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

Grüner is an important grape, as it’s very food friendly. It’s an asset for tasting menus, or for dishes that are vegetable based.’ Quentin Loisel, Restaurant Sat Bains

‘Where Austrian Rieslings come into their own is those wines with more texture and weight. If you compare them to what Germany is doing around £20, they’re probably good value.’ Hamish Anderson, team leader

‘The [red] wines at the cheaper end performed way better – normally it’s the opposite. At the top end, the wines were overripe in style, oak was quite present, high acid, less earthy and mineral.’ Emanuel Pesqueira, consultant

‘The Grüners were precise, clean and focused, with different styles, from crisp and elegant, focused on minerality, to some fatter styles that are more food friendly. For me it’s a must-have on a wine list.’ Andre Luis Martins, Cavalry & Guards Club

‘The reds were super-disappointing. Our flight of wines didn’t perform for their price point and lacked identity and character.’ Jan Konetzki, team leader

‘The difficulty with Austrian Riesling is the price point. Riesling is already a difficult one to sell, so volume will be limited, and people go to cheaper countries.’ Christopher Delalonde MS, The Dorchester

‘There is consumer demand for Austrian reds. I think they have a really good potential to grow internationally, and I like that they’re trying organic, biodynamic…’ Heesoo Kang, Flat Three Restaurant 

Award winners

Found 20 wines

Austria

Anton Bauer, Blaufränkisch, Reserve 2013, Wagram, Austria

Gold medal winner

‘Wow,’ began team leader Laurent Richet MS as this took its place on the Gold podium, going on to remark on its ‘maturity of aroma and flavours’, and describing it as ‘complex, elegant, polished and powerful’. Hakkasan’s Olivier Gasselin appreciated ‘gamey, leathery notes, as well as cooked fruit and a mix of spices’, and found it ‘earthy and savoury, with some bitter chocolate notes’. One for ‘lamb loin with red wine jus and truffled potatoes’ thought Cliveden House’s Francisco Macedo.

£26.23 Top Selection

Domäne Wachau, Federspiel Terrassen, Riesling 2017, Wachau, Austria

Gold medal winner

Team leader Hamish Anderson found this worthy Gold winner to have a ‘delicate, floral, very pretty nose’ and enjoyed its ‘clean, crisp, bright acidity’. For Tobias Gorn of Boisdale Restaurant it was a ‘classic, crisp, lean style with a focus on acidity and freshness’, and he described a ‘touch of savoury yeast, plenty of grapefruit zest and a long, mineral finish’. ‘Overall, the wine is very well balanced with juicy fruit and lovely minerality,’ concluded team leader Carlos Ferreira.

£10.21 González Byass

Eschenhof Holzer, Zero-G, Grüner Veltliner 2018, Wagram, Austria

Gold medal winner

Team leader Carlos Ferreira found an appealing tropical note to this Gold medal winner that would ‘match very well with summer salads’. Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club added that the wine had a ‘lemon zest and herbal character’, describing it as ‘very peppery with green apple and gentle mineral notes’. Quentin Loisel of Restaurant Sat Bains was very impressed: ‘This ticks all the boxes and it’s great value’, while Olivier Gasselin of Hakkasan summed it up succinctly: ‘Pure, focused and flinty.’

£8.90 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Domäne Wachau, Smaragd Terrassen, Grüner Veltliner 2017, Wachau, Austria

Silver medal winner

Team leader Carlos Ferreira liked the ‘nose of citrus tarts and asparagus’ and described the palate as ‘very green’, going on to say that the wine ‘showcases stone fruits with a decent acidity on the finish’.

£13.62 González Byass

Domäne Wachau, Smaragd Reid Achleiten, Riesling 2017, Wachau, Austria

Silver medal winner

Valentin Radosav of Gymkhana Restaurant described ‘lemon, yellow flowers and delicate herbaceous notes on the nose, with a creamy texture, a flinty minerality and a nice zesty finish’.

£20.36 González Byass

Höpler, Blaufränkisch 2016, Burgenland, Austria

Silver medal winner

‘Fresh, bright red fruit, combined with a lovely floral, rose note,’ began Heesoo Kang of Flat Three Restaurant, who went on to describe ‘cranberry and strawberry notes, with a really bright tone of red fruit on the smooth and juicy palate – and easy to drink‘.

£11.35 EWGA, Alexander Wines

Weingut Glatzer, Blaufränkisch 2016, Carnuntum, Austria

Silver medal winner

‘Spicy and leafy, with bell pepper notes, and a juicy, supple palate with fine fruit,’ said Olivier Gasselin of Hakkasan, while consultant Emanuel Pesqueira described ‘earthy and mineral notes, with a floral note of red roses, too – a balanced wine that’s good value for money’.

£11.00 Bibendum

Weingut Glatzer, Zweigelt, Rebencuvee 2016, Carnuntum, Austria

Silver medal winner

‘Friendly and approachable,’ began Olivier Gasselin of Hakkasan, who liked its ‘peppery, spicy nose, with broad cherry fruit on a juicy, ripe palate’. ‘Crunchy, with a good level of fruit ripeness and smooth tannins,’ added Heesoo Kang of Flat Three Restaurant.

£10.99 Bibendum

Mantlerhof, Zehetnerin, Riesling 2017, Kremstal, Austria

Silver medal winner

‘Zesty, lemony and dried fruit, yet sharp, stoney and pure, with its intensity and zingy-ness,’ said Olivier Gasselin of Hakkasan.

£14.90 Bibendum

Anton Bauer, Rosenberg, Grüner Veltliner 2017, Wagram, Austria

Silver medal winner

Valentin Radosav from Gymkhana Restaurant was impressed by this wine’s ‘aromas of lime, green apple and its intense aromas on the mid-palate’, before the wine becomes ‘herbaceous and long’.

£15.32 Top Selection

Gruber Röschitz, Weinviertel Dac Grüner Veltliner 2018, Weinviertel, Austria

Silver medal winner

Olivier Gasselin of Hakkasan enjoyed this wine’s ‘superb yet very intense nose of pepper and floral notes’, and found it ‘balanced, with its leafy, smoky, intensely bitter stoniness’.

£9.00 Gruber Röschitz

Tement, Steirische Klassik, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Südsteiermark, Austria

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Carlos Ferreira found ‘stone fruits, floral and lemon’ on the nose, and described the wine as ‘grassy and easy drinking’.

£15.32 Top Selection

Peter Schweiger, Zöbinger Terrassen, Grüner Veltliner 2017, Kamptal, Austria

Bronze medal winner

Bianca Potenza of the Bluespoon Andaz Hotel - Amsterdam described this wine as ‘subtle, fresh and light; with a nutty and buttery texture… and not really what you would expect from an Austrian GV’.

£14.80 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Anton Bauer, Pinot Noir 2015, Wagram, Austria

Commended medal winner

£14.86 Top Selection

Somm in the Must, Neuburger 2016, Kremstal , Austria

Commended medal winner

£14.95 Flint Wines

Mantlerhof, Mosburgerin Reserve, Grüner Veltliner 2017, Kremstal, Austria

Commended medal winner

£17.70 Bibendum

Laurenz V, Friendly, Grüner Veltliner 2017, Kamptal, Austria

Commended medal winner

£13.01 Bibendum

Eschenhof Holzer, Zero-G, Zweigelt 2017, Wagram, Austria

Commended medal winner

Gruber Röschitz, Ried Mühlberg, Grüner Veltliner 2017, Weinviertel, Austria

Commended medal winner

£14.00 Amathus Drinks

Sepp Moser, Classic Style, Grüner Veltliner 2018, Niederösterreich, Austria

Commended medal winner

£8.65 Boutinot

 

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