We’re making a Cambodian prawn dish this evening, so opened a favourite Austrian white blend – a Gumpoldskirchner. This is a traditional blend from the Thermenregion of 60% Zierfandler and 40% Rotgipfler (I swear I’m not making these up @embee! ). This offering is a 2016 from an excellent producer called Johanneshof Reinisch – three brothers making mighty fine wine; I tasted their 2015 a couple of years ago in an Austrian wine tasting event, and couldn’t believe how good it was:
Lovely medium gold in the glass, the nose entices with peach, caramelised pineapple, beeswax, banana skin and honeysuckle; on the palate it is broad, rich, honeyed with lovely texture. The fruit is ripe and luscious, there’s lovely orange water scent as you swallow, the acidity keeps it zesty and lively so you wouldn’t know it’s got 13g of RS. It is rich, without being cloying, fruit-forward, without being one-dimensional, in short - a very well-made wine, which I reckon would appeal to people who enjoy white Rhone. In fact, it’s not miles away from a good Marsanne/Roussane blend.
Shame this wine is still quite difficult to get hold of in the UK. I would love TWS to stock it – or any other wine from this producer, to that matter!