- The Wine
<p>Die Leidenshaft means passion - Martin's passion for wine, and especially for wine aged in barrels as he has seen in Italy. Here he again does something quite unique for Austria, a Riesling aged in barrels, well half of it, to keep a perfect balance with the expression of the variety. It's different and fascinating, but it is also extremely enjoyable and will convince even Riesling fanatics. A wine to savour as well as a wine to cellar.</p>
<p>Ben says (February 2017): Oaked Riesling is quite a rarity, especially in Austria but, after tasting this wine, I wonder why it is not made this way more often. The colour is deep and intense. The nose has all the Riesling qualities you might expect but, with the maturity this wine has gained, less fresh and sharp than when first tasted. It is in the mouth that the oak really makes itself present. Not in a heavy-handed way but a delightful creaminess that you would rarely associate with Riesling. Do not expect familiarity but do expect enjoyment.</p>
Ben says (August 2018): I always enjoy revisiting wines that fill me with confidence before I open the bottle and this is one of those. The nose seems to have been offended by my comments last February and is far more intensely Riesling than previously although still with deeper notes from its age. What is remarkable and very different from before is the apparent sweetness. This can only be from the oak as there is virtually no residual sugar in the juice at all. It adds a new dimension which is very pleasant. We discussed the possibility of it being faulty but came to the conclusion that, if it were, winemakers would be aiming to replicate the fault all over the world! Still a very enjoyable wine.
- Vintage Information
Product code ARNDORFERRIESDIELEIDEN Bottle Size 0.75 Winemaker Martin Arndorfer Featured Themes Mature Vintages Style White, Single Variety, Dry, Still Variety Riesling Key Features Oaked, Vegetarian and Vegan Winemaking Malolactic Country Austria Region(s) Kamptal Ripeness Normal Closure Natural Cork Vintages 2010 Last Tasted Feb 20, 2017 name: Riesling die Leidenshaft vintage: 2010 size: 0.75 product code: [ARND4] stock: 15 in London Warehouse
alcohol: 13.5 last checked in: 2018-08-16