Guest Rewiew

Aziz Hathout

The two wines I picked represent the symbiosis between wine and art. The end results are unique masterpieces.

Marc Kreydenweiss, Andlau Riesling, France 2012

The Estate , located in Andlau in the heart of Alsace is my opinion of the greatest expression of purity available in Dubai.

Certified biodynamic since the late 80’s, this family runs estate uses very traditional techniques including a horse in their vineyards; Marc always works with local artists to create unique labels such as in 2012 with Nathyi.

Tasting Notes: The Andlau Riesling,  a sort of Riesling Village, with it yellow straw color, is a great expression of Alsace Riesling with notes of stone fruits, nectarine, lemon peel, and a hint of honeysuckle and floral notes.

The mouthfeel is generous, with a great freshness, a minerality as a backbone and a lovely aftertaste of orange peels.

Food Pairing: To drink now or in the next 2 years with a lemon chicken roast, cheeses or shellfish.

Gut Oggau Atanasius Rot, Austria 2013

My little “out the box” favorite . Edouard with the help of his wife Stephanie took over the father’s estate located in Burgenland, on the shore of the Neusiedlersee. A small estate, certified biodynamic with a very natural holistic approach and indigenous varieties. Edouard and his wife are collaborating with Jung von Matt who created the fictional character based on their family tree to use as the label for their different cuvees.

Tasting Notes: Atanasius is a single vineyard of Zweigelt and Blaufrankish, displays a dark ruby color, perfumes of black leathery fruits and cloves.

The palate is lively, with a predominance of blackberries, prunes and bright acidity that leaves an impression of freshness. A great introduction to natural wines!

Food Pairing: To drink now, think duck with a cranberry sauce, Asian dishes with hoisin or oyster sauce and of course one of my ultimate cheese combination with red wine: Wensleydale with cranberries.

Gut Oggau Atanasius Rot, Austria 2013