Claus Preisinger Heideboden 2008
Austria produces some of the greatest white wines in the world and yet they are nearly impossible to find in North America. In British Columbia, I can count the number of worthwhile Austrian wines available on one hand and the bottles are generally relegated to the “other” or “eastern europe” section of the wine store.
The sad reality is that these wines are hard to sell, probably due mostly to lack of knowledge. For those in the know, however, you can get world class wine that pairs very well with B.C.’s pacific northwest cuisine for the price of mediocre wine from California, Australia, and, yes, British Columbia.
Fresh but Serious
Claus Preisinger is a young guy, born only in 1980, and yet he is making some brilliant wines farmed biodynamically. This wine is predominantly Pinot Blanc, harvested from vines planted in 1964 in flint soils and blended with some Chardonnay.
This is a delicious wine and well balanced. The Pinot Blanc characteristics show strongly – pear and pear skins, spice – and the wine also carries a touch of apple and minerality from the Chardonnay. This is fruitier than straight Chardonnay up front, but with considerable minerality on the back end and a touch of savory spice that brings the wine into a more serious territory than a simple sipper. 13% ABV.
$33 at Kits Wine Cellar