Austrian treats are well worth hunting out

Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2010, Swartland
Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2010, Swartland
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Waitrose’s annual World Showcase of Wine continues until September 28, so here are another couple of wines worth seeking out.

Austria is a nation that, when it comes to wine, gets lumped together with Germany. As a result, its wine seldom finds a place in our shopping baskets.

There is actually very little similarity between these two wine-producing nations and in Grüner Veltliner Austria has a grape variety that has the potential to be what sauvignon blanc has become for New Zealand. Felsner Grüner Veltliner, Moosburgerin 2010 Kremstal, (£8.59 on offer from £11.49) is from a single family-owned vineyard. This has an aromatic nose of pears, citrus and spice and white pepper, a characteristic of this grape, followed by zesty acidity and long finish.

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Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2010, Swartland

With its Mediterranean climate, you wonder why South Africa has not been more successful with syrah. This is from the brilliant Boekenhoutskloof winery - spicy, rich and very accessible.

Waitrose £5.99, on offer from £7.99.