Good afternoon and i hope you’re enjoying your Saturday morning!
Today’s topic would be on Malat Winery, a family-owned winery based in Kremstal in the Niederosterreich region of Austria.
-NIEDEROSTERREICH- is Austria’s largest wine growing region with many sub-regions making exceptional wines.
Michael Malat, the 9th Generation of wine maker from Weingut Malat took over from his dad, Gerald Malat in 2008 after working at many important wineries in France, New Zealand, California and Argentina.
Do you know?
“Austria is situated at the same latitude (between 47-48 degree north) as the famous Burgundy region in France? Austria is one of the World’s ideal cool climate wine regions that produce both fresh and complex white wines and spicy, elegant reds!”
A few days back, the Sommeliers and trade professionals in Singapore were in for a treat when we had the opportunity to taste some 20 wines, both red and whites from the Malat family dating back to the late 90s! Like the previous posts, I won’t be squeezing all the tasting notes into one article, but splitting into two parts. Let’s start with the Whites-Rieslings!
Riesling? That’s probably one of the questions you probably might be asking me, but yes, I’m not typing it wrong, we’re not talking about Gruner Vetliner today, but Rieslings!
Starting with the youngest 2011 to the 1998 vintage, Michael mentioned that the purpose of tasting it from the youngest to the oldest vintage is because the complexity of the wines would be more apparent as we move into the older vintages, we followed suit and it did!
2011 Riesling das Beste
Nose: aromas of honey, caramel, pineapple and pear
Palate: Oily and hints of pear and fresh minerality as the wine aerate through the mouth, ending with a mid – long finish
2010 Riesling das Beste
Nose: a little tighter on the nose as compared to the 11’ vintage. Hints of floral, lychee, pineapples with minerals were significant.
Palate: Oily and a tat more acidic. Getting more floral and mineral notes compared to the fruits
2008 Riesling das Beste
Nose: white flower, pineapple and peach
Palate: Oily and richer on the palate, hints of petroleum, ending with a mid finish
2007 Riesling das Beste
Nose: more complex on the first nose, minerals, hints of dried leaves, pineapples
Palate: Oily and hints of pineapple. Fresh with a good balance of acidity and structure.
2005 Riesling das Beste
Nose: a tat more savory on the nose, fresh white mushrooms, more floral then fruits. Honey-liked nose.
Palate: Oily and hints of pear and fresh apples after some aeration in the mouth, mid-long finish
2002 Riesling das Beste
Nose: candy, osmanthus and honey
Palate: fresh acidity with a well rounded structure. Long finish
1999 Riesling das Beste
Nose: a little more complex, notes of pineapple, pear and apples with white flowers and hint of petroleum.
Palate: Oily and notes of apple and minerals were apparent. mid to low acidity
1998 Riesling das Beste
Nose: perfumy, smoky, scented mushrooms, aromas of honey, caramel, butterscotch, pineapple and pear
Palate: Fresh and lively, full of minerality with hints of pear and apple as the wine aerate through the mouth, ending with a long finish – good to keep for another 10 years
“… Austrian Riesling became for me a happy middle-ground between the dry Alsace Rieslings and the semi-sweet German Kabinetts.” – Dr NK Yong, Singapore Business Times | Wine Columnist