Dynamic young winemaker Heinrich Hartl is keen to put Austria firmly on your wine map with his gorgeous, silky berry Pinot Noir. It's clear evidence that this country doesn't only produce great Grüner Veltliner, but also delicious reds like this.
If we were to ask you what food and drink do you associate with Vienna, you might say coffee and cake, or perhaps Grüner Veltliner. Well, young Heinrich Hartl wants you to say Pinot Noir. He’s in charge of his family estate, which is about an hour south of Vienna, nestled in the rolling countryside of the Thermen region. As a wine area, it doesn't have the same lofty reputation as Burgundy for Pinot Noir, but its landscape, climate and geology – things that can actually influence the taste of a wine – are broadly similar. And this winemaker takes the same exactly care. Handpicked Pinot Noir is gently vinified and the wine aged for a year in half in new oak. A must try with soft cheeses, duck or wild mushroom croustade or on its own too.
"Pretty, silky and elegant, with lots of ripe berry fruit freshness. A cracking Pinot from Austria"
Beth Willard Buyer for Austria
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