On Saturday night, our wine club that meets four times a year got together once again. Sometimes we have specific themes to the meeting and this time we tackled the wines of Germany and Austria. We serve all of our wines blind, score all the wines and tally the results at the end of the night. Since Germany’s big grape is Riesling, we all tried to make dishes to accommodate the wine, whether it be dry or sweet wines.
Wines #1 we could all tell was a Riesling from the get go because of the sweetness. You could get a hint of the sweetness on the nose as well. The wine had some nice flavors of apple, citrus, and some mineral notes in the background. Nothing too complex but certainly a pleasant wine and it went well with the homemade dumplings.
Dr. Hans Von Muller 2007 Riesling Spatlese Germany
Wine #2 was a bit more challenging. The wine was poured and it was pink! My first thought was maybe a red Riesling, which I had never had before. It had a mineral nose with flowers and cranberry maybe. The wine was dry but it had pleasant strawberry and watermelon notes. I was convinced it was a Rose of some kind although another member got me thinking so I retracted the rose and said a dry red Riesling. Unfortunately, I should have stuck to my guns on this one. It was in fact a Rose from Austria made of Zweigelt and St. Laurent. It went well with the chicken schnitzel.
Gobelsburger 2009 Rose Cistercien Austria
Wine #3 was very interesting. I got a nose of buttered popcorn, although I must admit no one else backed my claim. Whatever it was, the nose was very interesting with a nice wet stone smell running though it as well. On the palate it was dry and I got lime, lemon, honeydew and something vegetal. Could have passed for a Sauvignon Blanc but I knew it wasn’t that. In the end it was a Gruner Veltliner. This went well with the spring rolls we had.
Leth 2008 Gruner Veltliner Steinagrund Austria
Wine # 4 was our first and only red wine of the night. I took one sniff and I knew it was pinot noir. It had some nice aromas of strawberry and earth. The strawberry and earth continued on the palate with some mushroom which led to a decent finish. Another member tried to sway me that it might be a Zweigelt but I wasn’t falling for it. The Pinot went nicely with the German sausage we had.
Johannashof 2007 Von Steinfeld Pinot Noir Austria
Wine #5 ended up winning wine of the night. This was another sweet Riesling that had some nice apple aromas. This was a lot heavier that the first Riesling and had some greater complexity that wove between the exotic fruit flavors. Surprisingly sweet for a Kabinett.
Weingut Johannishof 2006 Johannisberg “G” Rheingau Riesling Kabinett Germany (Wine of the Night)
Wine #6 was the final wine of the night. It had a nice bouquet of stone and citrus fruit. The citrus continued on the palate and again was very Sauvignon blanc like although it did have some more exotic fruit flavors. I thought it was very similar to wine #3 and it was, since they were both Gruner Veltliners.
Weingut Knoll 2007 Ried Kreutles Leibner Gruner Veltliner Austria
The next club meeting we are tackling the wines of South America!