Featured by Jane MacQuitty in the Times today, this amphorae-fermented Riesling from one of our favourite Austrian producers is a fascinating and atypical Riesling; a wine with great purity and a sort of ‘natural’ feeling softness and clarity of expression.
Austrian wines are finally shaking free from the shackles of being assumed to be sweet and German-like, and have for some time been the darling of sommeliers in high-end restaurants. Leading the way is Austria’s own grape variety, Grüner Veltliner.
The theme, such as you need a theme beyond ‘Christmas’, was to put a few less likely wines in front of people, to test and tantalize the taste-buds. With that in mind, we left out the traditional option of Champagne, and kicked off with the very splendid Gusbourne 2008 Brut Reserve from the Garden of England, a zippy but textured fizz that works really well as an aperitif.