2013 Birgit Eichinger Heiligenstein Reserve Riesling Erste Lage Kamptal (Previously $30)

SKU #1294720 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Ripe Mirabelle and purple plums dominate the nose, with a notion of intense plum compote. The palate reveals that all of this ripeness is streaked with lively lemon zest, pulling the sumptuous fruit into clearer focus. The finish remains ripe and opulent. (AK)  (3/2015)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Picked November 4th and aged for 8 months on its lees, the white golden 2013 Riesling Heiligenstein Erste Lage was imprecise and diffuse on the nose end of August 2014 and quite aggressive in the mouth due to isolated carbonic acid. Four weeks later it showed up much better displaying herbal and somewhat (hazel-) nutty flavors intermixed with white peach and apricot aromas on a serene layer of the characteristic sandstone earthiness of the Heiligenstein. Compared to Eichinger's Gaisberg the Heiligenstein is more fresh, spicy and focused in its expression both on the nose and the tongue. The wine is piquant and mineral and develops a somewhat sweet but intensely fruity palate and length with a stimulating, salty and piquant finish. (SR)  (10/2014)

91 points Vinous

 Subtle aromas of vineyard peach, laurel and white pepper. At once deep and elegant, with flavors of persimmon and anise, the 2013 Heiligenstein is light on its feet. This nutty yet lively Riesling shows appealing complexity, finishing with sandstone earthiness and herbal spices. (JBP)  (9/2015)

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- 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.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12