New in from Austria
Some new Austrian wines are on their way to us from Weingut Pfaffl in Stetten, not far from Vienna. As soon as we tasted the samples we'd been sent, we knew we couldn't miss this opportunity to add an Austrian section to the ever-evolving Bubble Brothers catalogue.
One as good as the next
The reason for requesting samples was to see if we could find a good Grüner Veltliner. In fact, we found two, packed with all the luscious, vibrant fruit and pepper character you could wish for, and they're both on their way, along with two racy but mouth-filling Rieslings, a dry, food-mad Pinot Blanc and a lovely cherryish light red made from Zweigelt, Austria's most widely grown red grape. And there's further temptation for us, in the shape of more new samples, including some other reds, that we might add to our next order.
Our new Austrian wines are due in Cork any week now
These are terrific wines, all of them, bursting with freshness under the very best kind of screwcap. You'll have to taste them for yourself in a couple of weeks time when the first boxes are delivered to us in Cork. Not only are the wines outstanding, they're backed up by a comprehensive website and cheerful, super-efficient and English-speaking support from the Pfaffls.
The icing on the cake
As if that weren't reason enough to be sure that we'd made a good choice, we've just found out that Wine Enthusiast in the USA has chosen Weingut Pfaffl as its European Winery of the Year. The shortlist is a good enough place to be, but winning? Brilliant news. There's a gala do in Florida early in the new year. We'll try to bring you the pictures when the time comes.
In the meantime, here are the wines we're starting with. All of them will be available to buy online and from our Cork shops in the next fortnight or so.