Tasting Table
Published:  04 March, 2011

Heinrich Hartl Zweigelt Reserve 2009, Thermenregion?Supplier: Merry Widows (£16.50)?A fantastic spicy nose and rich black fruit. The palate has more gentle spice and soft tannins on the finish. NC?

Gernot & Heike Heinrich Pinot Noir 2007, Burgenland?Supplier: Liberty Wines (£30)?Heinrich is an ambassador of wines from the region around Lake Neusiedl. This has an earthy, warm nose and elegant red and dark berry fruits on the palate and a long finish. NC?

Erich & Walter Polz Grassnitzberg Traminer 2008, Südsteiermark?Supplier: Clark Foyster Wines (£25-30)?The Polz vineyards are found in Styria, close to the Slovenian border. Lovely delicate floral bouquet, fresh grapey notes on the palate with some oak creaminess. Very good finish. NC

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