Syrah Reserve 2017
QWt Burgenland, Salzl Seewinkelhof, 750 ml
Wonderful play of aromas in the nose, a fruit bomb! Blackberry, blueberry, plum jam, also a hint of raspberry jam, violets, some lem ongrass, eucalyptus, fleshy, herb tufts, subtle black pepper, red pepper, redcurrant, ripe heart cherry, some peppermint, tea, liquorice, coconut, a touch of vanilla, coffee beans; On the palate the fruit excess continues, dense, powerful and yet wonderfully harmonious and velvety with a unique finesse, jostaberries, black currant, bacon plums, olives, liquorice again, some black tea, violets, coconut, pipe tobacco, rum pot notes, very fleshy texture, juicy tannins, wonderfully fresh herbal spice, elegant minerality, black elderberry, some hazelnut, cranberry. An ingenious finish with a lot of long-lasting ripe fruit combined with fine roasted aromas and fleshy tannins, an elegant, delicate and extremely dense powerhouse. Typical Syrah and pure drinking pleasure!
|Origin:||Österreich / Burgenland / Neusiedlersee|
|Ripening potential:||2 to 8 years|
|Serving temperature:||16 to 18 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Rabbit ragout with olives, Roast saddle of venison, Beef Stroganoff, Wild specialities, Wild fowl|
|Vinification:||long must fermentation, fermentation in steel tank|
|Maturation:||in used barriques|
|Maturation duration:||18 months|
The Austrian winery Salzl Seewinkelhof is located in Illmitz, surrounded by the picturesque lakes and plains of the Neusiedlersee-Seewinkel National Park in Burgenland. A good hour’s drive from Vienna lies this family winery that also provides comfortable 4-star accommodation in an attached guesthouse with a pool.
The history of the winery dates back to 1840. Josef Salzl restructured the winery in the 1980s, focusing on the production of high-quality red wines and thus laying the foundation for today’s success. Since 2005, his son Christoph has also been fully involved in the operation of the winery. He is taking over the business step by step in order to continue the family tradition. Three generations are currently working hand in hand to produce authentic wines with the greatest passion and care according to the motto “enjoyment and joie de vivre”.
A hint of pepper
The legend stubbornly persists that the Syrah variety came from the Persian city of Shiraz. Yet, researchers have shown that it is a natural crossing of two old French varieties: the red Dureza from the Rhône Valley and the white Mondeuse blanche from Savoy. Wines from Syrah are gentle and concentrated. They smell of dark berries, violets and liquorice, and amaze with a piquant touch of white pepper. As varietal wines, they are found on the northern Rhone, as in the Hermitage or Côte Rôtie appellations, as well as in Swiss Valais. In the southern Rhône Valley, Syrah is often wedded with Grenache and Mourvèdre. In 1832, a Frenchman brought the variety to Australia, where it became the emblem of the national wine industry. There, the weightiest versions develop with typical notes of tar and chocolate.
Burgenland: Reds, sweets and other wonders
Burgenland is often referred to in Austria as the new wine world. In fact, wines – with exceptions like the nobly sweet Ruster Ausbruch – were almost entirely unknown here 20 years ago. Today, the most substantial red wines in Austria mature here. And the sweet wine scene is also stronger than ever before. Even the whites – for instance, in the Leitha Mountains – are on the upswing. The basis for this wine wonder are the various terroirs that overlay the land in a complex patchwork.
Austria – Sumptuous culture, accessible to all
Austria is characterized by unbelievable topographical diversity. A flat steppe in the east, forests and hills in the Alpine regions, wetlands and Mediterranean landscapes in the south. This in addition to a rich tradition and even greater love. It’s no surprise that the Romans found joy on this patch of Earth and cultivated wine growing. Austrian wine is not abundant, but it is high quality.