Friday, February 26, 2010

2008 Wachau

2008 Domäne Wachau

2008 Domäne Wachau Terraces Grüner Veltliner, Wachau

It's been far too long since I've had an Austrian wine. These wines are like the people - stern, rigid, a bit Fascist. Maybe I've been avoiding it because the Wine Spectator is trying to turn it into the next New Zealand sauvignon blanc fad. And I hate doing what the Americans do. Hate following blindly because the establishment says so. Because I have a brain. My brain.

Pale colour, which belies its intensity. Lovely, pure citrus, backed by minerals, but the sur lie aging and extract is evident, even on the bouquet. Waxy, thick aroma, very creamy. Texture is elegant on the palate, good levels of dry extract. Floral, what you'd picture as white flowers. Good length, a really lovely, delicious wine. Perfect pairing with my braised sea cucumber.

Hmm. If this is what Fascists drink, maybe I'm missing out. And it's still so young!


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