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Josef Umathum Traminer 2008

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The estate is centred around Fraunkirchen, on the north-eastern side of Lake Neusiedl. Josef Umathum is one of the best-known estates in Burgenland with a high reputation for the red Zwiegelt varietal and also for sweet wines. The soils of Umathum's 62 hectares are warm, and the soil and terroir are particularly suited to the growing of high quality wines such as the local St. Laurent, a variation of Pinot Noir. Around the village of Frauenkirchen the soil is rich in minerals and has a high iron content, while conditions in the vineyards located on the north shore of Lake Neusiedl are sandstone and slate. Umathum continues cultivation of the traditional terraced vineyards in the village of Jois, and these vineyards were first cultivated as early as 1214. An unusual and very exotic white wine, this Austrian beauty has an aroma of roses and a full and subtle taste. Persistent, impressive and full-bodied but totally dry. Fantastic with highly spiced foods. Jancis Robinson gives this wine 17 points and says, "Pungent and correct with very flattering rose petals and real concentration and nerve. Very good!"

Region: Austria » Burgenland

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  • 2008

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Winery: Umathum
Color: White
Varietal: Traminer
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Umathum:
The name Umathum is Frankish in origin. The Umathums first settled in the region of Lake Neusiedl during the reign of Maria-Theresia. Wine-growing has always played an important role in the Umathum family history. Until the early 1970's the family delivered its harvested grapes to a cooperative, but before beginning to bottle their own wines. A method presently used by many very good vintners ... Read more
The name Umathum is Frankish in origin. The Umathums first settled in the region of Lake Neusiedl during the reign of Maria-Theresia. Wine-growing has always played an important role in the Umathum family history. Until the early 1970's the family delivered its harvested grapes to a cooperative, but before beginning to bottle their own wines. A method presently used by many very good vintners all over the world. Until the 1980's, the firm was producing a variety of agriculture goods. Today, wine-growing is the company's central focus, though it does still remain active in other fields. Director Josef Umathum, born 1960, has been in charge of the firm's wine-growing division since 1985. A series of very good wines in notoriously difficult vintage years, and a growing number of loyal fans, have secured Umathum a solid reputation and trust. The Umathum Wine Estate has consistently ranked as one of the best wine-growers in Austria since the early 1990's. Read less

The estate is centred around Fraunkirchen, on the north-eastern side of Lake Neusiedl. Josef Umathum is one of the best-known estates in Burgenland with a high reputation for the red Zwiegelt varietal and also for sweet wines. The soils of Umathum's 62 hectares are warm, and the soil and terroir are particularly suited to the growing of high quality wines such as the local St. Laurent, a variation of Pinot Noir. Around the village of Frauenkirchen the soil is rich in minerals and has a high iron content, while conditions in the vineyards located on the north shore of Lake Neusiedl are sandstone and slate. Umathum continues cultivation of the traditional terraced vineyards in the village of Jois, and these vineyards were first cultivated as early as 1214. An unusual and very exotic white wine, this Austrian beauty has an aroma of roses and a full and subtle taste. Persistent, impressive and full-bodied but totally dry. Fantastic with highly spiced foods. Jancis Robinson gives this wine 17 points and says, "Pungent and correct with very flattering rose petals and real concentration and nerve. Very good!"

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