GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON WELSCHRIESLING

Welschriesling is a white wine grape variety grown throughout central and eastern Europe. The variety is relatively easy to grow, although it has a preference for dry climates and warm soils. In warmer climates Welschriesling is productive and has its characteristic high acidity, which mostly results in a light, fairly neutral wine. In the warm, humid vineyards the noble rot botrytis can form, leading to the grape’s finest expression.

Welschriesling has many synonyms, including Welsch Rizling (Bulgaria), Laski Rizling (Slovenia), Rizling Vlassky (Czech Republic and Slovakia), Olasz Rizling (Hungary), Gras Evina (Croatia), and Riesling Italico (Italy).

The best examples of Welschriesling come from Burgenland, Austria where it can be found in both dry and sweet versions. Dry Welschrieslings usually have generous acidity and notes of green apple and lemon, and can be very fresh culinary companions. Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese styles have a golden-yellow colour and a bouquet of exotic fruit with a fine honey note along with the characteristic acidity.

Welschriesling’s success in Austria has lead to experimentation around the world, and many late harvest examples are now made.

Today we are delighted to introduce The Ruster Ausbruch Auf den Flügeln der Morgenröte 2015, an exceptional example of Welschriesling wine from Heidi Schröck, Burgenland. The wine was named Wine of the Year in 2019 by Gault & Millau and was given 100 points by Wine Enthusiast.

The finest selection of dried berries from Welschriesling and Furmint grapes were harvested, the must fermented in 225-liter barrels, then filtered and bottled after 24 months of storage. Due to its concentration and high specific gravity, it has the potential to mature for decades.

“On the nose, a hint of dark fir honey shows with a streak of its pleasant bitterness. Fresh notes of apple and lemon zest mix with the earthy notes of botrytis. On the palate, this zestiness unfolds completely, crashing with the full force of its fruit like roaring surf against a rock. That lovely element of noble bitterness still holds sway, creating a sensation of the most intense but also precise sweetness. Drink until 2040, at least.” – Anne Krebiehl MW, Wine Enthusiast

Amsterdam, December 18th 2019