I’m sure that everyone heard about Empress Maria Theresa from history classes in school. But did you know that Maria Theresa ordered the planting of trees along roadsides? Long-lived trees were planted along the main roads so they were easy to recognise. Fruit trees were planted in the countryside so farmers or soldiers passing through the country could benefit from it and collect the fruit. The importance of fruit trees in Austria was also recognised by Maria Theresa’s son Joseph II, who awarded farmers a silver medal when they planted over 100 fruit trees. More to that, in order to obtain a wedding license, several fruit trees had to be planted.
This is how Maria Theresa and Joseph II contributed to the expansion of the popularity of u.a. Birnenmost in Mostviertel.
Today’s Birnenmost is called Preh. ‘Preh’ means pride is Mostviertel dialect. Company: Verein der 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 to medium.
Aroma/Nose: the nose is strong with notes of gooseberries, chalk, mirabelle plums, grass and a hint of caramel.
Taste: it begins lightly sweet with low to medium acidity of lemon, mirabelle plums, gooseberries, a touch of bitterness and lemon peel. Finishes with very low astringency and a hint of peppermint.
Overall: Remembering my previous experience with Brous, I tried Preh almost immediately after removing it from the fridge. Interestingly, despite serving it at low temperature, the scent was still exceptionally strong and fruity of gooseberries. Not only the scent was strong but also the taste was longlasting. I adored the nicely balanced acidity and sweetness. I must say I thought that Preh was really delicious. Also, when it warmed up. The Mostbaron Preh is indeed a Birnenmost to be proud of. I’d love to have it again. 5/6
Availability: from their online shop
Price: Preh 2017 was a sample provided by Toni from Mostbarone.