jamie goode's wine blog: Austrian Sauvignon that rocks

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Austrian Sauvignon that rocks

Played football again tonight for the first time in ages, and it was great fun. I was really encouraged that while I felt knackered after 10 minutes, I stayed that way for a full hour without feeling totally knackered. Football is brilliant for fitness. You run a lot in short bursts, but because you are chasing a ball your mind is taken off the fact that your muscles and lungs are in real pain, and thus you cover much more ground, more pleasurably, than you would if you were jogging or running on a treadmill. Best of all, if you exercise regularly, you can drink more wine and eat more calorific foodstuffs (e.g. cheese) without becoming fat. Not that it's wrong to be fat. It's just that I have such a fragile ego I need to avoid becoming fat because I couldn't cope with other people's disapproval.

Time for some wine after the football, and nothing better than a beautifully aromatic, fresh, minerally Sauvignon from Austria. This is a really superb effort.

Huber Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Niederosterrich, Austria
Wonderfully pure, precise and aromatic, with lovely minerality and bright fruit, along with some freshness from high carbon dioxide levels. The palate is pure with rounded, fresh, almost transparent fruit, a hint of fruit sweetness, and then beautifully focused minerality. It's a bright wine, but it's not at all sharp or acidic. There's a lovely combination of ripe fruit and minerality, but none of the grassiness that's a signature of this grape in New Zealand. It reminds me a bit of Gruner Veltliner, with its textural components and hints of spiciness. 91/100 (UK agent Thierrys)

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5 Comments:

At 2:33 PM, Anonymous Jack said...

You practically never see Austrian Sauvignon Blanc in the US; but now you have it on my radar, so I'll be more aggressive about seeking it out. I've had next to none from Austria and also, South Africa.

Btw: "If you exercise regularly, you can drink more wine and eat more calorific foodstuffs (e.g. cheese) without becoming fat." - Not really, I'm afraid: recent studies have shown that exercise has very little effect on weight gain. (So, yes, it's really all the processed and chain restaurant food (w/beverages) that most everyone is consuming. (I'm not including wine in there.)

It's also amazing how people disapprove of others for being fat, but few criticize McDonalds and those who eat there (for example).

 
At 3:47 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Jack, thanks for that perspective. So I just have to eat and drink less, then?

 
At 8:49 PM, Anonymous Jack said...

No, don't eat and drink less. How ridiculous! Just don't eat crap food. Eat real food (preferably from local, organic farmers). Eat it slower. Eat it at home at a table. Not in the car on the run. :)

 
At 12:09 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Thanks for that. And I should add that the Huber Sauvignon is available for 10.99 from Oddbins. A good value wine.

 
At 9:43 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Correction - I've just been told it is 12.99

 

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