Flashcards in C23 - Austria Deck (68)
Where in Austria is the grape-growing area?
The eastern part
Describe the climate of eastern Austria
Short summers and very harsh winters
Cooling northerly winds in the north
Warming easterly winds near the Hungarian border
Describe weather variations in Austria
Less here than in northern Europe
What is the most widely planted variety in Austria?
Describe wines from Grüner Veltliner at high yields
Fresh but unexciting
Describe wines from Grüner Veltliner when grown with care
In youth; citrus or stone fruit with some hints of white pepper
With age; honey and toast
Describe the role of oak in the production of Grüner Veltliner in Austria
Majority is fermented and matured in stainless steel, but old oak casks are common
Some maturation may occur in oak barriques
What is the second most planted white variety in Austria?
Describe dry Welschriesling
Fresh but simple
Displaying citrus and green apple flavours
What style of wine is Welschriesling well suited to?
Botrytised dessert wines
What is the third most widely planted white variety in Austria?
Where in Austria are the best examples of Riesling from?
Wachau, Kamptal and Kremstal
Describe Rieslings from Austria
Medium to full-bodied
Ripe, peachy primary fruit
Best examples can bottle-age
What are the 'other' white varieties of Austria?
Which of Austria's 'other' varieties is growing in reputation? Where?
Steiermark (a southern region)
What is the most widely planted black variety in Austria?
Which grapes were crossed to make Zweigelt?
Blaufränkisch x St Laurent
Describe wines from Blaufränkisch
Flavours of bramble fruit
What is the most highly regarded of the Austrian black varieties?
Describe Austrian wines made from Blaufränkisch
Peppery, sour cherry flavour
...is an Austrian speciality grape with wines similar to Pinot Noir in character
What is the role of oak in creating wines from St Laurent?
It is common
What red wine movement is taking place in Austria?
Local varieties are being blended with international varieties such as Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
What are the four federal states of production for PDO wines?
Niederösterreich (Lower Austria)
In which states of Austria is the vast majority of production?
Niederösterreich and Burgenland
Which is the largest of Austrian regions for production and exports?
Where are the majority of vineyards in Niederösterreich?
On the banks of the Danube and further north towards the Slovak border
Where is Wachau and what is it known for?
It is in Niederösterreich
The most renowned for high quality dry wines
Made from Riesling or Grüner Veltliner
How many sub-regions are there in Niederösterreich?