Neuburger Ried Golden Erd
QwT, Burgenland, Weingut Erwin Tinhof, 2017
The Neuburger: an original Austrian grape variety, which regrettably has become a real rarity nowadays; it is particularly dear to the heart of the Tinhof family. Its powerful prelude reveals fresh notes of pine forest, spicy hay flowers, candied oranges and raisins. On the palate, juiciness, fruit exoticism, extract sweetness and astringency balance each other. Ripe notes of yellow exotic fruits, stone fruits, saffron, roasted nuts, autumn asters and a touch of mint underline its rich diversity. A full-bodied white wine with substantial maturing potential and a hint of rusticity.
|Origin:||Österreich / Burgenland|
|Site / vineyard:||Eisenstädter Ried Golden Erd|
|Ripening potential:||1 to 16 years|
|Serving temperature:||9 to 11 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Fish ragout with saffron sauce, Rabbit ragout with olives, Crispy roast chicken, Spicy hard cheese, Hearty stew with pulses|
|Vinification:||fermentation with grapes' own yeast, cooling period|
|Harvest:||hand-picking, strict selection|
|Maturation:||in large wooden barrel/foudre, long cultivation|
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.
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.
Weingut Erwin Tinhof
VINEYARD ESTATE ERWIN TINHOF - WINE FROM THE LEITHABERG
Tinhof is Neuburger - Neuburger is Austria - Small quantities - Great wines
For 11 generations now, the Tinhof family has been growing wine in Eisenstadt on the Leitha Range in Burgenland. This constellation is the source of their knowledge and experience as to which grape varieties flourish particularly well in this location, allowing the production of wines characteristic for the area. Neuburger, Pinot Blanc and Blaufränkisch, Sankt Laurent, some on vines established 55 years ago – are the focus of their expertise. Together with his team of idealists, Erwin Tinhof pursues the uncompromising goal of vinifying authentic wines bursting with character. A concentration on essentials, continuous refinement and consistent exchange of competence between dedicated specialists combine to create the distinctive Tinhof wines.
Tinhof's aim is to create harmonious, terroir wines with minerality, elegance and structure. They are never kitschy, loud or coarse. Origin and character in a wine are what makes it unique and important to the producer. The essential qualities need to achieve this aim comes exclusively from the vineyard. Through organic cultivation (certified organic since 2012) Tinhof grows balanced grapes, which provide them with an optimal basis for their wines. Mashing time and long yeast storage of their grapes, harvested exclusively by hand, give the wines depth and longevity.
The vineyard is located in Eisenstadt in Burgenland, 40 km southeast of Vienna, on the Leitha Range. Thanks to the Pannonian environment and that great climate regulator, the Lake Neusiedler, we have here on the Leitha Range the superb benefits needed to vinify white, red and sweet wines of the highest quality. Hot, dry summers and cold, dry winters together with the wind so typical for the Burgenland characterise the vegetation. As the final elevation of the Alps towards the Pannonian lowlands, the Leitha Range with its shell limestone soil millions of years old provides vines with optimal conditions for producing multi-layered wines. This unique soil, together with the cool breezes from the adjoining forests, gives the wines their unmistakable minerality, allowing them to reflect their authentic and unadulterated origin in the glass.
Neuburger is Austria
This white wine is produced from a native Austrian grape variety, which most probably has its origin in the Wachau region, but nowadays is mainly found in the Thermenregion and on the Leithaberg in Burgenland. The natural cross of Red Veltliner x Silvaner has fallen into oblivion in recent decades and is no longer widespread across Austria, having given way to the highly popular Grüner Veltliner. It is a vigorously growing variety, which also thrives in barren, drier vineyards. It produces strong, fine spicy wines with lower acidity, which generates a yellowish aroma. Over time, the wines also develop nutty notes. Most Neuburger wines have great maturing potential and are reminiscent of a more rustic Pinot Blanc. In Burgenland, the Neuburger grape may be used in the production of the white Leithaberg DAC. Currently the area under cultivation in Austria amounts to 497 ha, which is barely 1.1% of the national total.