Johann Topf, Riesling Heiligenstein 2015

House: Johann Topf

Name: Riesling Heiligenstein

Origin: Kamptal, Austria

Vintage: 2015

Price: 155 DKK/20,80 EUR/25,80 USD on winefamly.dk (market price: 289 DKK/38,80 EUR/48,20 USD)

 

Austria as a wine country

Austria is one of the rising stars on the European (and world) wine scene. Even though the wine-making tradition in Austria is very long, it only started to get some recognition in recent years. In Austria, there are 36 grape varieties – 22 white and 14 red – officially approved for the production of Qualitätswein (quality wine) or Qualitätswein with a special level of ripeness and/or method of production (Prädikatswein – sweet wine) and Landwein.

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I will return to Austria with more wines so I will elaborate on their specialties then. Now, let’s take a look on their top wine region.

 

Kamptal wine region

Kamptal (especially Heiligenstein sub-region) is considered to be the best wine region in all of Austria. Kamptal is a part of the Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) wine region which is the largest wine region in Austria. 80% of the wine production in Kamptal consist of 2 grapes. Grüner Veltliner is one of the lighter and dry grapes, while the second one, Riesling, can range anywhere from light summer wine all the way to heavy petroleum wine.

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Very typical for Kamptal is the terrace-like way of planting vines.

We will return to Kamptal again, so without further delay, let’s get to the tasting part.

 

Johann Topf, Riesling Heiligenstein 2015

Right after a short twirl of the wine in the glass we can notice a little bit higher viscosity. This Riesling has a hint of sweetness in the nose with herbal tones and ripe apples. In the taste we get a nice playful acidity; wine has a little bit of a sparkling effect on the tongue. Tastes after citrus fruits. This Riesling has medium long, smooth aftertaste.

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Verdict

Riesling is one of my favorite white grapes. I am glad that I started my journey of discovery in Austria right on the top of what it has to offer. This wine is perfect for Riesling lovers, especially if you prefer Riesling that does not have that much petroleum in it(yet). As this warms up a bit after few minutes, it opens up more and the flavors get more intense

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