White Wine Weingut Birgit Eichinger Heiligenstein Riesling Reserve Erste Lage 2021. As a native of Kamptal, Birgit Eichinger has a deep understanding of the terroir. She founded her winery in 1992, as one of the first woman winemakers in Austria. Since then, the winery has become a family business, with support from her husband Christian and daughter Gloria. For the last 30 years or so, Birgit has been producing top-quality white wines that express the Kamptal terroir beautifully. The winery is one of 67 ÖTW” wineries in Austria – essentially meaning that the wine is of outstanding quality, and marketed according to its origin. Birgit Eichinger has also received numerous awards for her wines, including the Austria’s Best Value For Money White Wine” award from Weingenuss in 2020, for their notable Riesling. This is a characterful expression of one of Austria’s best vineyards, perfect for any occasion and food friendly. Hints of lemon, white flowers and rich honey waft from the nose. The palate is peachy, fruity and concentrated, with utterly pure notes of citrus. The minerality is clear in the delicious finish, which brings a subtle saltiness. Serve it chilled, accompanied by fish on a vegetable bed, or Austrian vegetarian dishes, such as a light potato hash.
White Wine Weingut Birgit Eichinger Heiligenstein Riesling Reserve Erste Lage 2021
White Wine Weingut Birgit Eichinger Ried Zobinger Gaisberg Riesling Erste Lage 2021. Birgit Eichinger founded her winery in 1992, as one of the first woman winemakers in Kamptal, and Austria as a whole. She is a native of the region and produces an excellent range of Austrian whites on her 15 hectares of vineyard, including some delicious expressions of Riesling. This is a family endeavour, as Birgit is supported by her daughter Gloria and husband Christian, a skilled builder. The winery is located just outside Strass village, with a direct view of the Gaisberg vineyards. Ried Zöbinger Gaisberg” indicates that this is a single vineyard wine, the most specific designation of origin possible. Typically, these wines are complex, full of character, and excellent for ageing. This is certainly true of this fine Riesling – intoxicating scents of peach, white flowers, and lime rise from the glass. It is an attractive pale yellow, and harmonious and taut on the palate. Notes of juicy pear and apple, lemon zest, and fine minerality marry beautifully. It is an archetypal expression of the Gaisberg vineyards, at its very best when served slightly chilled. Perfect company for fish dishes, or some Austrian poultry dishes, such as schnitzel with a slice of lemon.
White Wine Weingut Birgit Eichinger Wechselberg Gruner Veltliner 2021. Being a Kamptal native, Birgit Eichinger knows the region better than anybody. She founded her eponymous winery in 1992 and has been producing excellent, terroir-driven wines ever since. Supported by her daughter Gloria and husband Christian, Birgit’s winery has been recognised as an Austrian Traditional Winery, or ÖTW” for short, one of just 67 in the entire country. The cellar is located just outside Strass village, serving as a gateway to stunning views of the Gaisberg vineyards and Kamp Valley. Birgit likes to keep samples of her most remarkable creations in a wine library – and there are plenty of them. The winery has won multiple prizes, including trophies from Wein.Pur, and several awards within the Kamptal DAC. Bursting with fragrant lemon, salty miso and spices, this rich Grüner Veltliner was sourced from Wechselberg. The vineyard is located on a south-facing hill, at an altitude of 367 metres, with gorgeous views of the Strasser Valley. The wine flows easily, with a juicy mouthfeel and a punchy citrus core. Notes of smoke, pepper, sage and pear are all present on the palate. It has a long finish, tingling with lemon. Grüner Veltliner wines, particularly single-vineyard ones, may develop secondary and tertiary notes the longer they are held. They can also be enjoyed now, with some spicy dishes.