What is heaven? Definitely a combination of Wiener Schnitzel and the Gemischter Satz Ried Himmel 2016 from the Viennese winery Edlmoser. I enjoyed this heavenly combination this week during my visit to Vienna with dear friends.
Gemischter Satz (field blend) is a speciality for which the grapes are harvested and vinified together. This traditional method was widely practised in Europe until the 17th century. It had many advantages for the growers in these former times. The different grape varieties with their different ripening patterns reduced the risk for diseases and weather incidents and fostered a more or less consistent wine quality. Today, it can add some complexity to the wine.
The Edlmoser Himmel consists of eight grape varieties: Grüner Veltliner, Weißburgunder, Riesling, Neuburger, Muskat Sylvaner, Traminer, Zierfandler and Rotgipfler. Delicate pear, lemon, a little orange peel and meadow herbs on the nose and palate. It is animating, fresh and juicy with a salty mineral finish. I particularly enjoyed the fine grip on the palate, which excellently supported the crunch of the perfect breading of the Schnitzel.