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!
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.
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.