Weingut Höpler from Austria's Burgenland
Burgenland is the lower-lying corner of south-east Austria near the Hungarian border and Lake Neusidl; warmed by southerly breezes, the region produces perhaps Austria's greatest variety of wines, with reds, whites and dessert wines all performing well.
The hallmark Burgenland wines is a generous, southerly warmth and ripeness that is very different to, say, the steely, poised focus of the Wachau.
Family-owned winery Höpler, based in Burgenland, has just launched the Höpler Wine Club; twice a year, the club will provide the opportunity to discover a selection of six exclusive wines from Höpler, not yet widely available in the UK.
I tried out a white, red and a sticky.
Gruner Veltliner 2016 (£12.50, Great Western Wines) classic gruener aromas of white pepper, elderflower and puy lentils with ripe, fleshy stone fruits, substantial texture and a fresh, mineral backbone.
Match with a plate of antipasti, meaty white fish or roast white meats.
Blaufrankisch 2013 (£12.95, Great Western Wines) fresh dark cherry and elderberry fruits with complex roasted spices and fine tannins. Fresh, long and mineral.
Match with meaty fish or darker game.
Höpler, TBA (37.5cl) , 2015 (£22.50, Great Western Wines) oily and viscous late-harvest, botrytised sticky, full of roasted peaches, clove and nutmeg spice, beeswax and honey only just held in check by a mineral freshness.
Match with rich desserts, such as sticky toffee pudding or pecan and date tart.
For more details on Wine Club membership visit: http://www.hoepler.at/files/uk_membership_details_1.pdf