Austrian Wine Summit 2015 - Press Haus HaiderMonday, September 14, 2015Me! In words
There is a lot to know about the wines of the Burgenland region and you can read it all on the hyperlink. This afternoon, we sampled wines from Mittelburgenland DAC, Eisenburg DAC, Leithaburg DAC and the Neusiedlersee DAC. Illimitz, where we were having our meal is considered to be among the top 4 in terms of sweet wine production. What is important to know is that this (Burgenland) is a diversified region which means that the best of all varieties is available here.
With this Aperitif done, our first course was a salad, with Goat's Milk Cheese from Gols. This was served with a Pinot Blanc (2014) from the Lehendorf vineyard owned by Unger Yosef u. Maria. This was a light, sparkling wine as well and helped balance out the cheese and green. It complemented the freshness of the salad with its light floral base. The cheese salad was quite spectacular, with the creaminess of one cheese and cottage cheese-like texture of the other playing well with fresh crunchy salad greens. The mint/basil vinaigrette worked really well as a dressing.
This wine paired with the beef well - the lower level of tannins allowed for the flavours of the meat to shine through. The risotto was rather creamy in texture, with a nice bite to the rice. It acted as a balanced foil to the rich meat. It paired exceptionally well with the fish that was the other offering from the meat eaters, especially since the lower tannin levels helped the mouth savour every morsel in a heightened manner.