New drinkers of Austrian wines will first come to idolize the likes of Knoll, Tement, Brundlmayer, Pichler, Hirtzberger and few more. Then they might realize that so many more can also create amazing wines, but aren’t as often seen on wine lists in export markets.
Working in his own term and pace, is perhaps Rudi Rabl’s greatest asset. His wines are rarely rated by international critics, and one does not place his wines in the “bucket list of bottles to buy before we die”. But instead, his are well cemented in the category “wines to enjoy everyday”.
Rudi farms over 80 hectares, among the varietals planted is a focus of Riesling, Gruner Veltliner plus Muskateller and few others. He makes classically dry wines and some sweet Auslese, BA and Eiswein, that stun the palate with freshness; a style far more pleasant to drink than the unctuous from further southern Austria regions. His cellar is located in a quite town with no tourists, and his underground cellar is eerie and vast as the Parisian subway during a strike – giving his wines the time and peace to slowly mature.
We love his wines for their impeccable balance – delicate fruit is wrapped up in a fine acid spine. Each vineyard shows a signature of the underlying soil. We urge you to taste the light and crisp, as well as the structured or sweet, and end up with a mature wine from 2008, which isn’t unlike a well-made White Burgundy.