2014 Bründlmayer Steinmassel Riesling Kamptal (Previously $32)

SKU #1272635 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 There is something eternally invigorating in this citrus-pure Riesling that smacks of grapefruit and lemon zest. There is a softer apple aspect too, uniting all in a fresh, pure fruitiness. There is something simply authentic at its very heart that keeps you sipping. And with such a light-bodied wine, you can (almost) do so with impunity. (AK)  (9/2015)

92 points Vinous

 Clover and apple scents and flavors feature in a restrained performance with stony, ore-like and struck-flint inflections. Polished in feel, and informed by juicy white peach and tart-edged apple, this finishes persistently and fascinatingly, with apple-pip piquancy and pungent, smoky mineral notes as well as mouthwatering salinity of oyster liquor. At barely 12.5% alcohol, it also exhibits a delightful sense of lift. This was rather austere from tank, but no longer! (DS)  (2/2016)

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