European Editor


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Austrian Wines

Historical evidence leads us to believe that the original Austrian vineyards were planted in Traisental over 4000 years ago. Bordering Hungary, Germany and Italy, Austria has a cool continental climate which is heavily influenced by the neighboring Alps. Austrian wines have enjoyed recent international success thanks to the dry white wines made from the indigenous grape variety Grüner Veltliner. This spicy white grape accounts for more than a third of Austria’s total acreage under vine according to our Austria Wine Guide. Other white grape varieties that are used are Riesling, Welschriesling, [Müller-Thurgau] and Weisser Burgunder. About 30% of the total Austrian wine production comes from the red varieties Blaufränkisch, Pinot Noir and Zweigelt. There are six DAC (comparable to AOC in France) regions within Austria however it is still the Gruner Veltliner and Riesling wines from Wachau, Kremstal and Kamptal that are the most revered according to our Austria Wine Ratings. See our Austria Wine Guide below for a more detailed reviews and ratings on the wines of Austria.

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Kracher 2008 Zwischen den Seen Nummer 9 Trockenbeerenauslese Welschriesling (Burgenland)

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Opulent honey and lemon aromas waft from the glass in this superrich but so balanced wine. The acidity is an essential element, cutting through the sweet orange, honey and ginger flavors. A gorgeous wine.  — R.V.  (10/1/2011)
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Kracher 2005 Zwischen den Steen Nummer 8 Trockenbeerenauslese Welschriesling (Burgenland)

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The intensity of the acidity, piercing through the sweetness, is what is astonishing about this wine. It gives the wine an ethereal quality, a lightness to go with the concentration of the dried fruits and orange zest flavors. The essence of TBA.  — R.V.  (3/1/2009)
97
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Kracher 2010 Nouvelle Vague Nummer 9 Trockenbeerenauslese Chardonnay (Burgenland)

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This is a wine with such a wonderful balance of fresh, lemon acidity and sweetness. Its honeyed texture is cut with a mineral bite that gives opulence and structure at the same time. The wine needs long aging so drink from 2017.  — R.V.  (2/1/2014)
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Kracher 2010 Zwischen den Seen Nummer 10 Trockenbeerenauslese Scheurebe (Burgenland)

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Kracher’s sweet Scheurebe is consistently a remarkable wine. It’s gorgeously opulent and tightly textured at the same time. Spice, sweetness and acidity combine harmoniously and seamlessly. Age this great wine and don’t drink before 2017.  — R.V.  (2/1/2014)
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Franz Hirtzberger 2010 Singerriedel Smaragd Riesling (Wachau)

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  1. $144
A supreme wine, the embodiment of Wachau Riesling. The steely character with its parallel acidity is beautifully integrated into grapefruit and perfumed white fruits. A taut, nervy texture adds tension to a wine that will age 10 years or more.  — R.V.  (10/1/2011)
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Kracher 2008 Zwischen den Seen Nummer 11 Trockenbeerenauslese Scheurebe (Burgenland)

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A beautiful wine that is almost like nectar. It has extreme freshness, while the acidity is a wonderful contrast. Such concentrated orange flavors and a smooth texture while there is a great citrus edge.  — R.V.  (10/1/2011)
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Kracher 2005 Nouvelle Vague Nummer 10 Trockenbeerenauslese Chardonnay (Burgenland)

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Marmalade, syrup, molasses and a deep layer of botrytis dryness are all elements of this superb wine. But it is so much more than the sum of its parts, because it is the sheer intensity that makes it so fabulous. The finish prolongs the pleasure, the acidity mingling with pure concentration and wonderful, unforgettable honey and fresh fruit.  — R.V.  (3/1/2009)
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Kracher 2004 Zwischen den Seen Trockenbeerenauslese Nummer 10 Scheurebe (Neusiedlersee)

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  1. $90
The most complex of Kracher’s 2004 TBAs, as well as the richest in residual sugar. It has mandarin orange, peaches and crystallized fruits. There is freshness, despite its sweetness. It should age magnificently.  — R.V.  (2/1/2007)
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