Until last month I wasn’t aware that there is a place in Europe where perry pear trees significantly outnumber cider apple trees. I’m talking about Mostviertel, a region in Lower Austria famous for their Birnenmost, pear wine. The tradition of making Birnenmost here goes back to the 12th century. Interestingly, even aristocracy at the time started having pear trees in their coat of arms and named themselves e.g. ‘von Birnenbaum’.
The Mostbaron Brous is my first ever Birnenwein, a blend of two pear varieties, Stiegelbirne and Speckbirne. Brous means buds in Mostviertler dialect.Company: Verein Mostbarone
Place of Origin: Öhling, Lower Austria, Austria
Apples: a blend of Stiegelbirne and Speckbirne
Sweetness as per label: halb-trocken (semi-dry)
Package type: 750 ml clear bottle with screw cap
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass
Appearance: pours a clear very pale straw-yellow with a light greenish hue and no head. No carbonation. Body is low.
Aroma/Nose: the nose is moderately strong. Fresh green apple, pineapple, fruity, initially zinc oxide-eugenol cement used in dentistry, mirabelle plums, flowers and light grass.
Taste: my initial taste is lightly sweet with low to medium acidity of lemon. Notes of burnt sugar, caramel, elderflower, alcohol, xylene, and green apples. Finishes with a light bitterness, distant caramel, hint of grapefruit and a grassy note.
Overall: I have made three attempts to try this Birnenmost. I’ve tried it at nearly room temperature first and didn’t like it at all. So I put it back to the fridge and waited until it cooled down a little. It didn’t help much. An array of flavours was there but still, the Brous didn’t seem balanced. My third attempt was at a very low temperature. Basically, after taking it directly from the fridge, I tasted it again. It tasted much better. Without the unpleasant bitterness, taste of alcohol but with light fruity notes. Actually, it tasted more like semi-sweet white wine than pear wine and didn’t really convince me. Anyway, I think that Brous would make a great food companion as it is rich, has length, structure and smooth taste. Just remember to drink it at low temperature. 3.5/6
Availability: from their online shop
Price: Brous 2017 was a sample provided by Toni from Mostbarone.