With a periodic fluctuation of the sun and rain, the weather is quite unpredictable for the Austrian winemakers.
The past had been full of ups and downs which include stress conditions related to drought in the spring of 2014, with warm winters which made the wine makers predict their vineyards going dry.
It is not really an easy task to tackle the heavy bouts of rainfall with sudden appearances of pleasant weather by the winemakers as it requires extreme expertise, meticulous care and sharp intuition during the harvest season.
It is necessary because it isn’t practical and feasible at times to wait for the right picking time.
Despite that, the cold vintage leads to the production of Junger Osterreicher with abundant crispness and freshness.
Junger Osterreicher has its origin in the lower region of Austria. Austria is known for producing some sweet and mostly dry white wines which are harvested near the Neusiedlir Sea.
There are four dominant regions that are used for growing wine grapes. They include Burgenland and Lower Austria which together constitute Weinland Osterreich, Wien (Vienna), and Strierland (Styria).
These four regions are further divided into 16 districts. Junger Osterreicher is one of the most famous brands of wine brought into limelight by the Austrian Wine Marketing Board in the year 1995.
In 2013, around 800,000 bottles with eye-catching logos were launched. The amount was lesser in the preceding year comparatively.
Apart from Junger Osterreicher, there are other regional wine brands as well in Austria. These days Junger Osterreicher is only grown in very small quantities.
It is mostly grown in United States (especially in California). Apart from the U.S. the other countries involved in the production and harvest are Northern Italy, Chile, Switzerland, and Alsace. The production in these areas has significantly reduced with time.
Currently, Germany has taken up the production of Junger Osterreicher or the Sylvaner varietal in areas like Franken, Rheinpfalz, and Rheinhessen.
The other names used for referring to Osterreicher are Sylvaner, Riesling, Monterey Riesling, and Franken Riesling.
The wines are usually soft and dry with a moderate level of acidity. This mildly intense wine constitutes modest varietal of grape that have the potential of producing clean and full white wines with an intense essence and aroma.
Few of the typical characteristics are light spice, floral, honey, and earthy. These white wines normally have an ageing potential ranging from 1 to 3 years.
This vintage variety of white wine makes use of early maturing varieties of grapes which include Rivaner (Muller Thurgau) and Fruhroter Veltliner (which is also known as Malvasier).
It has a very light hue with a strong aroma constituting a unique fruity flavour with crispness and freshness.
This variety of wine is dry in nature. Junger Osterreicher is usually harvested at the time of September.
It is always preferred if consumed very young for retaining the fresh fruity flavour. Otherwise, it would not taste the same as it would in its vitality.
Care must be taken while serving this variety of white wine as it should ideally be served at a temperature ranging from 8⁰C to 10⁰C.
The grapes used are best grown in Loess soil. Each bottle of Junger Osterreicher contains about 11.0 % volume of alcohol.
It has an acidic level of 6,6 g/l in each bottle along with 5,0 g/l of residual sugar. It also contains Sulphites in the form of allergens.
Junger Osterreicher fits or goes well with non-vegetarian as well as vegetarian dishes.
Junger Osterreicher being an outstanding aperitif, it can go along well with many rice based dishes.
As it is a sweet and dry variety of white wine, it does not go very well with desserts. Rice based dishes help in balancing the acidic content present in the wine.
Many pasta dishes are also a very good combination to go with Junger Osterreicher which will definitely complement the taste and essence of this wine varietal.
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