Producer Profile: Markus Huber
Posted on August 14 2018
The current incumbent at Huber wines in Austria, Markus Huber, is the family winery’s 10th generation head. Many of the estate’s vineyards are not a lot bigger than an average sized garden and dotted around the Traisental valley in the north-east of Austria. As a keen gardener myself, I can relate to the love and devotion given by the family to these pristine vineyard terraces.
Meteorology alert: Pannonian influences are paired with cool Alpine air and the nearby River Danube has a temperature-moderating effect. In a plain-speaking weather world this means they are blessed with warm days and cool nights, so the grapes develop good varietal flavour whilst retaining a purity and freshness. Additionally, the limestone mix soils ground the wine by providing clarity and spine.
One of Huber’s all-round best value wines is the Riesling Engelsberg (£19.50/£18.50). The Engelsberg vineyard is a high, east-facing, chalky terrace that is just right for Riesling vines. The 2017 has 4 hours of skin contact, is fermented in stainless steel and kept on the lees for 4 months. The result is a vibrant wine of perfectly ripe peachiness, yet brilliant brightness. Try it with a salmon-en-croute, lobster ceviche or a Thai green curry.
The Huber rosé (£15.00/£13.50) is made from Zweigelt grapes, which, did you know, is the most widely planted black grape variety in Austria. It is a newly created cross-bred variety and its recent, rapid growth in plantings means it is very rare to come across a Zweigelt made from such old vines; some used in this wine are up to 50 years old! It has 2 hours skin contact, is fermented in stainless steel and kept on the lees for 3 months. A fitting barbeque rosé that is dry with delicate, freshly-picked, summer red berry sapidity.
So make sure you try a bottle of these great value Austrian gems before Summer is over!