Weingut Huber Riesling Terrasen Traisental 2007
An excellent example of the Riesling grape with a floral, peachy nose. The palate is intense and vibrant with a citrus character. The acidity is balanced and the finish long and lively. Served chilled this is the perfect accompaniment to spicy cuisine and fish dishes. The Riesling grape is considered to be one of the world's most noble grape varieties, incredibly diverse and elegant. The wines can range from bone dry to beautifully sweet. Markus Huber is the 10th generation of the Huber family to be making wine in the beautiful and diverse Trasental Valley in Northern Austria.
Shelf-shouted by Oddbins as medium-sweet but labelled as trocken. We had this with a spicy prawn stir-fry, so we might have missed a little bit of sweetness, but not enough to make it medium-sweet: off-dry at most, and I'd probably side more with the winemaker at dry. Good gold colour with some little bubbles, typical of dry riesling (although at only a year or so in bottle I'd expect it to have a greener tinge). There's citrus and green apple on the nose, with a little hint of bitter lime, and some peachy notes right at the top. Underneath you can just detect acetone and wet stone, which would indicate to me that this one would benefit from a bit of age. At the moment, though, it just gives the youthful nose some bracing tightness. It's got a full body in the mouth -- starts out zappy with the slight spritz, although this fades as the wine breathes and warms. The zip gives way to strong green apple (with a little red apple that I think would develop in bottle) with perfectly integrated, refreshing acid and some complex tropical and gooseberry undercurrents. A bit of sherbet zip on the sides of the tongue sticks around for a long time. Now the spice of dinner has left my palate, this is definitely dry -- not as startlingly bone dry as some Rieslings, but most of the way there. I'm surprised it held up so well to so much capsaicin without residual sugar, but it did, and I think it could just as comfortably hold its own with fatty white fish as well. Good at the price, and I'm going to stick one in my fridge for a few years too.
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