2015 Bründlmayer "Zobinger Heiligenstein Alte Reben" Kamptal Riesling

SKU #1353474 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Very ripe notions of red-cheeked mirabelle plums and sun-ripened apricots with an edge of nettle shimmer on the nose. The palate is a clearly delineated but gorgeous canvas for foliage-fringed citrus—mandarin, clementine and tangerine all vie for space while yuzu adds spice and savor. There is generosity and slenderness. The finish is ultra clean and the entire wine is surprisingly approachable. Drink this now and rejoice, or keep it and look forward: In either case, this is a delicious fruity trinket of pure pleasure. Drink 2017–2040.  (3/2017)

94 points James Suckling

 A rich style of grüner veltliner with a great combination of exotic fruits and white pepper. Rich and fleshy on the palate with a lot of power at the textural finish. Drink or hold.  (10/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I tasted the intensely yellow colored 2015 Zöbinger Heiligenstein 1ÖTW Riesling Alte Reben two times this year—in mid-March 2017 in my home office and at the end of June at the domaine. In March, the wine displayed a clear and intense yet refined bouquet of ripe Riesling and white seed fruits intermixed with elegant spicy/earthy and even straw aromas. Full-bodied, firm and mineral on the palate, this is an elegant, beautifully pure, finessed and enormously salty Heiligenstein with good grip and mineral tension in the herbal flavored finish. Great balance and tension here. Very rich and almost sweet in the aftertaste! Huge aging potential! (SR)  (8/2017)

93-94 points Vinous

 Floral perfume and cooling herbal aromas suggest an expansive, highly diverse meadow. Luscious peach and seductive inner-mouth perfume saturate the palate in a luxuriant but at the same time bright and energetic performance. A tingling, crystalline mineral shower like that administered in the finish of this year’s “regular” Heiligenstein bottling is invigoratingly augmented by zesty lime, incisive white pepper, pungent struck flint and piquant peach kernel. It should be fascinating to track this wine’s evolution in tandem with that of its younger-vines sibling. For now, the old-vines rendition has the edge in minerality and sheer intensity, but the lift, floral persistence and mouthwatering salinity of the “regular” bottling are irresistible. (DS)  (2/2017)

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Riesling

- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.
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Austria

- Austria is a well-respected wine-growing region in Europe. Yet, even though they make about a third the volume of wine as Germany, not many of these fine bottles make it to the shelves of American wine merchants or restaurants. Lucky for us, their anonymity has translated into incredible value from simple, everyday whites to exquisite dessert wines. Austria shares many grape varieties with Germany—Riesling is king here, too. But the style of Austrian whites is much dryer and more potent. Grüner Veltliner is Austria's second-most-important varietal and makes whites of great versatility and pleasure.