Seems odd to be reviewing a relatively light white wine around this time of year. Such wines are usually more suitable for the summer. But for the upcoming holidays, particularly Thanksgiving, this Austrian dry riesling may have a place on the dinner table, as it would go well with turkey, ham, any fowl or side dish being served. And we do mean dry — none of the cloying sweetness usually associated with central European rieslings. Steel tank vinification means none of the wood you would normally get with some other white wines — just a clean palate.
But perhaps the word “crisp” is more appropriate than “dry.” Already, the fresh acidity is detected in the flowery nose. The taste is citrus, breezy, and fresh, reflecting Burgenland’s sunny summers. And there is even some layering, with hints of summer fruits, mineral and roses.
Besides Thanksgiving fare, Höpler Riesling will go well with salads, seafood, pasta, and cheeses. It makes a great spritzer. The acidity will soften in the next year, at which time it will make a delightful aperitif. In the meantime, it is at its best when decanted and chilled a few hours before serving.
For retailers, Höpler Riesling can be ordered from:
Park Street Imports, LLC
1000 Brickell Ave. Suite 910
Miami, FL 33131
For more information, contact:
Vizcaya Wine Imports, Inc.