Velich Muscat-Ottonel Beerenauslese 2001, 375 mlfrom Velich (View all)
This Muscat-Ottonel Beerenauslese is a typical example of Burgenland dessert wine. It was aged for 18 months in new oak barrique which gave it piquant aromas and a fine fruitiness. Vintner Heinz Velich points out notes of apricot, a touch of roses and describes it as being very “strict on the palate.”
With its lovely dark golden color and further hints of mandarin, you should follow the advice of the vintner and try serving it alongside dishes prepared with balsamic vinegar.
|Wine Enthusiast||93 - “Rich and viscous in the mouth, this is a sweet wine with some intriguing notes. Hints of thyme join orange marmalade scents on the nose, while the flavors bring in nuances of chocolate and herbs. Lasts a long time on the finish. Editors Choice.”|
|Wine & Spirits||88 - “Roland and Heinz Velich in Apetlon, just south of Illmitz, vinified the wine equivalent of a Viennese pastry here, with light, layered flavors of honey, tea and nuts. It’s dessert all on its own.”|
|Bottle size (ml)||375 ml|
|Residual Sugar||99.9 g/l|
|Cellar potential||now to 2025|
The respected wine magazine Falstaff recently featured Heinz Velich as their cover story, and his dry white and dessert wines are the reason why. His 22 acres in the heart of the Neusiedler Lake Seewinkel nature reserve in the village of Apetlon are planted only with white wine grapes (45% Chardonnay, 45% Welschriesling, and 10% split between Muskat-Ottonel and Bouvier) which turn out an annual production of 5000 cases (75% dry white, 25% sweet) The village is surrounded by many small ponds, called “puddles,” which create the microclimate magic here: they act as reflectors, beaming the sunlight onto the vines, ripening the grapes fat and full. In general, the Welschriesling and Muskat-Ottonel dry wines are vinified in stainless steel tanks, and the mighty Chardonnays are fermented and aged in oak barriques. The dessert wines are primarily raised in barriques as well, but are only made in years where the utmost quality is assured.
In the “Wine Report 2004” (ed. Tom Stevenson, Austria focus Dr.Phillip Blom) the 1997 Tiglat Chardonnay is listed in the top-ten ‘Greatest-Quality Wines’, and Falstaff calls the 2002 vintage the best since then. Europeans have been grabbing up this wine for some years now, and the 2001 vintage marked its U.S. debut.
Burgenland is made up of 4 "sub-areas" and covers 19,215 hectares, which is about 48,000 acres. The dominating geographical influence here is the Neusiedler Lake (Neusiedlersee), and the 4 subdivided areas are called Southern Burgenland (Südburgenland), Central Burgenland (Mittelburgenland), Neusiedler Lake (Neusiedlersee) and the Neusiedler Lake Highlands (Neusiedlersee-Hügelland)
From the northernmost Neusiedlersee area comes full-bodied white wines, including the countries best Chardonnays. This is also an area where great red wines are produced, including those from the "Pannobile" co-operative who age their wines in oak.
Due to the vineyards proximity to the lake and their location in the hot Pannonian climate zone, their grapes more often than not develop the "noble rot" (botrytis cinerea) which creates heady dessert wines. The region stretches along the Hungarian border, right across which Tokaji is being made.
The town of Rust, in the Neusiedler Lake Highlands, is where the famous Ruster Ausbruch dessert wine is made. This is also where storks come to roost every year, building their enormous nests on the roof of every building along the main roads. They make a clicking sound which is somewhere between a woodpecker and a jackhammer, and as you sit at the heuriger (wine garden) drinking the afternoon away, the potential cacophony becomes something of a symphony.
Powerful wines from the sunny banks of the narrow steppe lake known itself as Neusiedlersee. The hot and dry climate of the eastern banks, known as the Heideboden, offers ideal conditions for growing memorable wines in the categories red, white and nobly sweet. Weissburgunder, Chardonnay and Neuburger yield rich and ageworthy white wines, while the Zweigelt is the most prominent red variety, found in the bottle frequently in the company of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In the town of Gols, the growers' association Pannobile has done much to raise the reputation of the local red wines, and the recent influence of Biodynamics has had a very positive influence on Blaufränkisch produced in the region, rendering it more expressive and less oaky.