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Muscat - Weinhof Waldschütz

Muscat - Weinhof Waldschütz

The Waldschütz family has vineyards in Kamptal and Wagram.

They make lovely and fresh wines, Grüner Veltliner and Riesling, but also rarer varieties, some ample Weissburgunder and very generous reds.

Their focus is on family, tradition and experience. The winery has been in its present state since 1992 and from day one they have committed themselves completely to their wines. There are 16 hectares of vineyards which are their pride and joy. Mostly on sunny slopes they are located in the two well known wine growing areas of Kamptal and Wagram.

Primary rock, sandy loam and gravely loess as well as deep loam-loess soils allow very fruity, noble wines of charming elegance. What earth and nature initiated is carefully finished by them, taking tradition and optimised wine culture in the cellar into consideration.

Anyone who came to our Austrian dinner or to the Austrian tasting could not fail to be impressed by young Ralph Waldschütz. He will be a star one day and you've met him here first!

Gelber Muskateller is the German name, and one of a vast number of names worldwide, for Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains which is a very old variety.

Not be confused with the inferior high-yielding standard Muscat (Muskat-Ottonel), this is an altogether better variety but one which is hard to cultivate. It is grown only in small quantities as it is very demanding on location, being sensitive to rot from fungal attacks and frost, although it is not fussy about soil type. They make an excellent summer wine.

Although often made into dry, light wines, it can be made sweet. Unusually, there is often the aroma of grapes in these wines and smoky and spicy aromas that continue on to the palate with plentiful fruit and a lingering acidity. There is some nuttiness and a hint of orange. This is another white wine that is worth drinking now and laying some down for future years.

There are records of the Gelber Muskateller being grown in the Wachau as long ago as 1400, although there is also a long tradition of its cultivation in Styria and Burgenland. It is used to make wines in a variety of styles from dry, all the way up to Prädikat, with the stronger examples having tremendous storage potential. They are truly some of my favourite wines - such an aromatic nose and particularly good as an apéritif or with appetisers.

It is believed that the grape originated from Greece and was disseminated through Italy and into France by the Romans.

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