Riesling 'Berg' Erste Lage, Huber

Type: White Wine
Style: Rich & Complex
Vintage: 2013
Grape Variety: Riesling
ABV: 13.0%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Pairing Notes
Wine Notes
Off Dry
Flavours Honey, Petrol, Rose
About the wine

The Huber Riesling Berg is a real treat. For white wine fans, there is nothing quite like a mature, concentrated Riesling whose tight and steely fruit character is being partnered by the magical kerosene, rubber like note that develops in the best bottles. Although Traisental is more famous for its Grüner expressions, thanks to the limestone, gravel-rich soils and excellent exposure on the Berg mountainside, Riesling thrives here too.

Notes of honeyed lime zest, dark peach skin and white plum juice have started to develop, below which you pick up subtle acacia and vanilla notes. The palate is full, round and so seductive, with breadth, warmth and freshness all in one. Riesling’s iconic acidity is flanked by a firm fruitiness and drop of residual sugar that harmonises the attack. The finish is long and complex, with a nuttiness just about rearing its head alongside the petrol silk which is what you’ll be talking about long into the evening.

About the wine

We would take this wine down two different pairing paths, the first and more traditional would be with grilled or smoked trout – the strong oiliness and flavours of the fish will be cut through and accentuated by this Riesling Erste Lage. The other suggestion is Foie Gras on brioche that will dance on the palate with the Riesling like two Argentinians doing the Tango.

Weingut Markus Huber has been working organically for many years but is certified from 2020. Since taking over his family’s winery in 2006, the Huber winery can be thanked for Traisental region’s growing reputation on the world stage. His wines are beautiful reflections of this unique Austrian growing region south of the Danube that is less famous than some of its cousins, but no less worthy of our attention.