Eroica Riesling: Everything Old (World) is New (World) Again
Posted on September 23, 2015
Heyooo, Wine Seekers!
Lo & Tee, back atcha, living life and loving grapes. Last week, we took a little trip down Riesling Lane with and Old World, Austrian Riesling called Gobelsburger. And, you know, she was good. Not the most exciting thing we’ve ever experienced but also not the worst (see: Chocolate Rouge – bleh). So we were super intrigued to try the same grape from the New World side of the fence. Enter Eroica.
- First, geography. Old World is like the OG of the wine world, and refers to the traditional wine growing regions of Europe – your France, your Italy, your Spain. The classics. The originals. The OG’s – and New World is, like, everything else. The US. New Zealand. Australia. The new kids on the block…and they’re hangin’ tough.
- Next, attitude. Old World’ers tend to stick to the whole “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” kind of approach to wine making, while New World’ers are like, “Oooh, shiny toys! Science! Modern technology! Let’s play!”
- And finally, climate. New World wines often to grow in warmer, sunnier regions, making for a vino that’s higher in alcohol content, full-bodied and fruit forward. Old World wines have a chillier climate, so you’re gonna get a lighter-bodied wine with more of that earthy quality – minerals, herbs, florals etc.
TA-DA! Old World vs. New World: The Basics. Done. BOOM.
With Riesling, life is all about a balancing act. That’s why harvest is super important in the riesling game. See, you’re basically gonna get two totally different wines based on when she’s harvested. Before the dawn of technology, harvesters would wait until later in the season (some times all the way up until January) to harvest the grapes. Why, you ask? Well, it’s so the grapes wouldn’t be overrun by the sour grapes-taste you’d get with malic and tartaric acids. This gives you a sweeter wine with less alcohol content. It also gives the world some of the best dessert wines when harvested on the late side, which might be why she’s often thought of as a dessert wine only. But she can be so much more than that, if you give her a chance.
“Inspired by Beethoven’s Third Symphony, the name Eroica reflects not only the variety and site, but also our heritage. Our shared history has been shaped from elegantly refined German inspiration and boldly developed from Washington roots.” (eroicawine.com)
The thing we really loved about the 2013 Eroica Riesling we had today is that, according to their website (www.eroicawine.com), this wine’s claim to fame is that it’s a “concert of Old World and New World Riesling”. Ah-ha! The perfect companion for our Old World/New World face off. And she definitely delivered. She was acidic, that’s for sure. But she was also fruit-forward and dry, not too sweet.
FUN FACT: Lo & Tee discovered that, when paired with Brix Smooth Dark Chocolate, this wine’s acidity was cut and mellowed out significantly. A real double-treat if you’re not into that whole acid thing.
We’d love to know which Riesling you’re in love with these days. Do you drink it on the reg or is it a dessert time treat? Let us know! Tweet us @thegrapegirls or Instagram @anywineanytime and let us know!
Next up, for fall: Apple Bottom Jeans. Boots with the Fur. Shorties get Merlo-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo-lo-lot.
We HEART you. Tip it and Sip it.
xo Lo & Tee