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Austria's whites 2012

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Even if Austria, for some time already, produces very good, occasionally outstanding red wines, no one would probably deny the fact that the Austrian's real strength lies in the field of the whites. Like in every second year in the past, these last May and first June days brought with Viennas VieVinum wine show a good opportunity to assess the quality of the country's recent white wine vintages. No, this 2011 is by far not as great as the 2009 which we assessed two years ago. There were some very good wines, but the top notch bottles were considerably fewer and we did not find any real "dream wine".

As we did, two years ago, again we tried to complement the VieVinum tastings by a series of tastings in Hamburg, to which we invited all those whose wines we had not been able to try in Vienna. Unfortunately, at the difference of past experiences, our appeal was followed by very few producers which reinforced our impression that at least some Austrian producers have somehow inwardly already retired from the German market as we have written previously.

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*****Franz Xaver Pichler (Dürnstein) - Wachau Grüner Veltliner M 2011 Smaragd
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*****Mantlerhof (Brunn Im Felde) - Gedersdorfer Reisenthal Niederösterreich Roter Veltliner 2011
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*****Stadt Krems (Krems) - Wachtberg Kremstal DAC Grüner Veltliner 2011 Reserve
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*****Ludwig Ehn (Langenlois) - Obere Panzaun Kamptal Grüner Veltliner Titan 2009
*****Ludwig Ehn (Langenlois) - Seeberg Kamptal Sauvignon blanc 2011
*****Bernhard Ott (Feuersbrunn) - Feuersbrunner Spiegel Wagram Grüner Veltliner 2011
*****Schloss Gobelsburg (Gobelsburg) - Kammerner Renner Kamptal DAC Grüner Veltliner Schloss Gobelsburg 2011 Reserve
*****Leopold Blauensteiner (Gösing) - Rassing Wagram Grüner Veltliner 2011
*****Franz Hirtzberger (Spitz An Der Donau) - Steinporz Wachau Weißburgunder 2011 Smaragd
*****Alzinger (Dürnstein) - Steinertal Wachau Riesling 2011 Smaragd
*****Nikolaihof Wachau (Mautern) - Vom Stein Wachau Riesling 2011 Smaragd
*****Johann & Monika Schmelz (Weissenkirchen) - Höhereck Wachau Grüner Veltliner 2011 Smaragd
*****Johann & Monika Schmelz (Weissenkirchen) - Dürnsteiner Freiheit Wachau Riesling 2011 Smaragd

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