Back to Basics: Austrian Style

Tonight I opened an Austrian red which intrigued me enough to purchase it from one of my local wine shops recently. I have not tasted much Austrian wine, save Grüner Veltliner, the Austrian white that is becoming increasing available and popular. Anyhow, I wish to expand my experience with Austrian wine. The only way to do so, is to start sipping. And so I did. I had even forgotten the grape varietals contained in this wine before haphazardly deciding to open it while prepping a vegetarian enchilada casserole. Good thing it all worked out! 

 Basic.....so basic you cannot find the varietals on the bottle...

Basic.....so basic you cannot find the varietals on the bottle...

The Wine:  2012  Claus Preisinger Basic, Neusiedlersee, Austria

The Grapes: 50% Zweigelt and 50% Blaufränkisch

The Price: $11.99 at my local wine shop.

Thoughts: Interesting! It is dark in color and fruit. The taste was very earthy. I couldn't place it exactly, perhaps because I did not have a reference point? Very good quality for the price and origin.  It is both organic and biodynamic. The fruits I noted were black cherry and black raspberry. The essence of farming comes through on the nose, landing a bit leafy on the palate. The finish is balanced with good acidity. I was so enticed that I kept taking sips while trying to show restraint enough to make it last.

 
 Mushrooms, poblanos, sweet corn and green tomatillo salsa....yum!

Mushrooms, poblanos, sweet corn and green tomatillo salsa....yum!

Pairing: It is a medium bodied wine and therefore seemed appropriate for dishes on the "decadent-light" end. My baby bella mushroom and poblano laden casserole was complemented well by this wine. I would imagine medium dishes such as chicken or similar being suitable for this wine. Or just a sunny afternoon, lounging.

 

 

Sediment:  This wine is chunky! Fear not, it is a winemaker's signature. You can certainly de-cant the wine if it makes you squeamish, but it is all organic matter that is completely harmless, just a bit unpleasant on the palate.