Felsner, Single Vineyard, Gedersdorfer Moosburgerin, Niederosterreich, Austria, 2015
This wine: varietal gruner veltliner, manual harvesting, screw-cap closure, 12.5% abv, widely available, £12 (11/16)
Consumer tasting note: a fresh apple-citrus nose overlain by an opening but rapidly dissipating note of the confectionery shop, along with a distinct note of white pepper, but riper fruits show – apricot and yellow plum; medium bodied with sufficient acidity, with green apple, white pepper and citrus pith on the palate, follows into a medium length. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears, and a slight spritz.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of a distinct confected note, then apricot, mirabelle (small dark yellow plum), very ripe dessert apple, spicy edge of white pepper, boiled lemon sweets, ripe lemon pith, and a passing whiff of gorse flower (delicate coconut-like).
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of ripe green apple, white pepper, ripe grapefruit flesh, lemon pith. A medium length with a clean citrus-apple finish, with the lightest sensation of grip.
Quality: good, well-balanced acidity with alcohol, in keeping with flavour intensity and decent concentration, youthful though with some complexity, following into an unremarkable length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to ageing.