#WineWednesday Spotlight #113: Muhr-van der Niepoort Samt & Seide

Wild fowl and Muhr-van der Niepoort Samt Und Seide
Photo of the Wild Fowls: Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Roasted stuffed wild fowls and Muhr-van der Niepoort Samt & Seide is one of the pairings that Wine Enthusiast Magazine recommends for your Thanksgiving dinner. This tasty and earthy dish is a recipe from Hedi Klinger, chef and owner of Gasthof Klinger in Upper Austria.

These little bird roasts, with their gamey flavors, billowy stuffing and salty bacon, need a medium-bodied red that can stand up to but not overpower, them. A traditional Austrian selection like Muhr-van der Niepoort’s 2014 Samt & Seide Blaufränkisch, and a New World counterpart like Brick House’s 2014 Gamay Noir from Oregon, both show lovely cherry fruit, a spicy touch of pepper and lip-smacking freshness that will illuminate all the flavors without weighing them down.

Purity, finesse, elegance, that’s how The Wine Advocate describes the 2014 Samt & Seide:

Wine Advocate Review of the Muhr-van der Niepoort Samt & Seide

The 2014 Blaufränkisch Samt & Seide is the “super-second wine” of the Spitzerberg “Grand Vin” and comes from up to 40-year-old vines. The wine opens with a pure and spicy, very delicate and fresh bouquet of crushed stones, dried flowers and sour cherries. like the Cuvée vom Berg, this is another Alpine character and is fascinating in its purity and spicy freshness. On the palate, this is a more fruity, round and charming Blaufränkisch compared to the Blaufränkisch/Syrah Cuvée and shows nice juiciness and fine, in fact silky tannin structure without losing its purity, finesse and tensioned elegance. This is another remarkable red wine from the so called “difficult” vintage. Rating: 92

Samt & Seide is one of the Blaufränkisch wines produced by Dorli Muhr from the small Austrian wine region of Carnuntum. Her wines are all pure elegance. Check them out on our webshop.