Flashcards in Austria Deck (28):
What is the climate in Austria?
How is it characterised?
Short Summers and harsh Winters.
High diurnal range, with long Autumn ripening
What is the climate consideration in Austria's Northerly regions?
Cooling northerly winds
What is the climate consideration growing close to the Hungarian border?
Warmed by Easterly winds
What are the 3 main white grapes grown in Austria?
What are the 3 main black grapes grown in Austria?
Which one is most revered?
Zweigelt - Deep red, soft tannin and bramble fruit
Blaufrankisch - Most highly regarded. Med tannin, hi acid, peppery sour cherry
St. Laurent - Similar to Pinot Noir
What is 'DAC' and what does it mean?
Districtus Austriae Controllatus
If a region can agree criteria they can apply for DAC status
What 3 things must growers agree on before applying for DAC?
Set of regulations
Style of the wine
What is Ausbruch
An Austrian Pradikat level between Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese
What is 'Strohwein' or 'Schilfwein'?
Wine made from grapes where whole bunches were dried on straw mats over the Winter
What is PGI wine called in Austria?
Landwein or Wein
How is a wine labelled if someone makes wine that deviates from the DAC style/grapes?
Can only be labelled with the name of one of the four federal states
Where are vineyards located in Austria?
To the East because to the West is the Alps
Which 2 federal states account for the majority of wine production?
Niederosterreich (Lower Austria)
Name the sub region of Niederosterreich renowned for high quality dry wines made from either Gruner Veltliner or Riesling
Where are most of the vineyards located in Niederosterreich?
On the banks of the Danube and further North towards the Slovak border
Name the sub region in Niederosterreich which is Austria's largest vine growing area and the first Austrian DAC
What is the only grape variety permitted in Weinviertal DAC?
If you were asked for an upmarket Gruner Veltliner what sub region would you recommend?
What is the Federal State of Burgenland renowned for?
Top quality sweet wines and red wines
Which grape is most commonly used for sweet wine production?
What is the 'typical' character of Austrian Gruner Veltliner
Young - Flavours of citrus and stone fruits sometimes with hints of white pepper
Aged - The wine develops layers of honey and toast
What is the 'typical' character of Austrian Riesling?
Dry and medium to full bodied with ripe, peachy, primary fruit
Name one area producing good Austrian Riesling
What is the 'typical' character of Austrian Welchriesling?
Fresh and simple with citrus and green apple flavours and high acidity but renowned for making botrytis sweet wines
What is the 'typical' character of Austrian Zweigelt?
Deeply coloured red with soft tannins and bramble fruit
What is the 'typical' character of Austrian Blaufrankisch?
Reds with medium tannins, high acidity and a peppery, sour cherry flavour
What is the 'typical' character of Austrian St. Laurent?
Reds similar in character to Pinot Noir. Often oak aged.