Mon 3 May 2010
A versatile wine we sipped for a couple of days was this winsome cutie, the Höpler Pinot Blanc 2008, from the Austria region of Burgenland. In German-speaking countries the pinot blanc grape is known as Weißburgunder, but Americans would more willingly embrace the grape’s friendlier name.
The Höpler Pinot Blanc 2008 is fresh as a daisy, clean, pert and scintillating. The color is palest gold, and the bouquet smacks you with pear and lime peel and beeswax and penetrating scents of limestone and gunflint, with a touch of pea shoot. This is an incredibly lively and engaging wine — there’s a hint of spritz — whose keen acid structure buoys up flavors of pear, lemon balm and fig that encompass a subtle element of leafiness and slightly mushroomy earthiness. The finish is delicate, a lacy amalgam of slate-like minerality and lightly honeyed peach. Delightful as aperitif and an ideal picnic wine to drink with shrimp salad, deviled eggs, fried chicken and such. The alcohol level is a comforting 11.5 percent; closed with a screw-cap. Very Good+. About $15 to $18, Good Value.
USA Wine Imports, New York. A sample for review from the local distributor.