Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Heidi Schröck Muscat

Heidi Schröck Muscat 2007
Rust, Austria

Last fall I had the pleasure of spending a few hours with winemaker Heidi Schröck (possibly the nicest and classiest lady I've ever met!) when I was in Rust, Austria. While Rust, on the banks of Lake Neusiedl, may be best known for noble sweet wines (where the grapes have been infected by noble rot), it is also the source of some amazing conventional wines, too! I recently came across this bottle of dry Muscat at a local store and simply had to take it home with me.

This wine is a an interesting blend: 40% Gelber Muskateller (also known Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, to noblest of the Muscat family), 20% Muscat Ottonel (the least aromatic of the Muscat family), and 40% Sauvignon Blanc.

Review: This wine is a beautiful lemon-green color, with soft aromas of dried apricots, hay and slate. It's bone dry on the palate, with a moderate body. There's more dried stone fruits, a touch of pineapple, and a hint of bitter herb. The bottle age is apparent in the persistent notes of smoke and dried grass. The finish is medium in length.

I wasn't sure what to expect given the 2007 vintage. This wine is almost eight years old, and nearing the end of its drinking window, but it is still displaying a beautiful character. I just adore the bottle-age notes and subtle herbs.

Food Pairing: Herbed roast chicken with a parsnip puree to dial in some of the earthiness and light herbaceousness in the Muscat!

Bottom Line: A delightful, light wine. 


Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2007
  • PLACE: Rust, Burgenland, Austria
  • GRAPE: 40% Gelber Muskateller, 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Muscat Ottonel
  • BOOZE: 13.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink now
  • www.heidi-schroeck.com

Where did I get it? MacArthur Beverages
What's the damage? Mid Priced

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