Austrian Riesling

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2009 Mayer am Pfarrplatz Riesling Ried Alsegg 13% $25

Quite perfumed on the nose with tons of lemony character built upon a touch of melony sweetness with nice peppery, dusty tones that recall Szechuan peppercorns. More CO2 adds an initial prickle, then the palate opens up with transparent lemon fruit that recalls the nose with its base of sweet fruit, more apricot, and framing of mineral and spice tones. The finish starts off rather pithy, with an accompanying hint of bitterness that plays well with the sweet fruit here, then gives way to a slightly more mineral aspect, before ending on a bit of a briary finale. 89pts

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  • Mayer am Pfarrplatz in Vienna is not only an outstanding winery, belonging to the WienWein group, but also a fantastic "Heuriger", i.e. wine tavern. I enjoyed very much an evening at the Mayer am Pfarrplatz last year with the WienWein makers group http://schiller-wine.blogspot.com/2... The "Gemischte Satz" - field blend - is increasingly becoming popular in Vienna.

    Jul 21, 2011 at 12:05 PM


  • Excellent selection, now I know what was missing in my cellar. Thanks!

    Jul 21, 2011 at 2:20 PM


  • Snooth User: Tollig
    558655 4

    Dismayed at the prices? Why is it that Riesling is always undervalued. People gladly pay huge amounts for chardonnay, from burgundy or elsewhere, but complain if a good quality riesling cost more than $25. Top quality German and Austrian Riesling are among the best white wines in the world. If anything,they should cost more.

    Jul 21, 2011 at 4:48 PM


  • .... and what in the blue blazes is "butcher's wax". Hoist on your own petard, Gregory. Just too, too pretentious.

    Jul 21, 2011 at 8:26 PM


  • I have the benefiit of living in Vienna (not far from Mayer am Pfarrplatz). The value of the wine in Austria should not be in dispute. Also the tendency is to get what you pay for.
    The best white wines are long lasting but drink well from an early age. The Rieslings can be magnificent but so too the signature grape, Gruener Veltliner (also most versatile) and there are some stunning Sauvignon Blanc (complex and long). Most of the wine is drunk within Austria (sadly for the rest of you) but some excellent ones escape the border. I have the Prager Klaus in my collection. I recommend it.

    Jul 22, 2011 at 1:53 AM


  • Snooth User: kmackie
    451384 21

    You missed the winery, which I believe makes the best Austrian Riesling and that is Weingut Tegernseerhof! Well priced and UNBELIEVABLE quality!

    Jul 22, 2011 at 8:26 AM


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