Zöbinger Heiligenstein Alte Reben
Kamptal DAC Reserve, Erste Lage ÖTW
Right from the beginning - a captivating, gorgeous nose with scents of candied pineapple and milk chocolate followed by yellow peach. Mature and powerful, but never overwhelming. Very expressive palate with fruit sweetness and - once again – even with all the power is defined more by finesse. Beautiful tension and suspense, showing a density usually present in a big dessert wine, but without botrytis. An almost festive character complemented by the vibrant, racy acidity. Enough reserves for many, many years to come.
The Bründlmayer family owns 10 hectares on the "Zöbinger Heiligenstein". Beginning in the 1920’s, without the help of mortar wine terraces of natural stone were laid in the vineyards that now give the grapes for Riesling Heiligenstein Alte Reben. Original Riesling vines of the Heiligenstein have been bred throughout the decades by cloning and layering. Today the old vines average 50 years of age with the oldest reaching as many as 75 years.
Older vines are less productive, forming fewer and smaller grapes that profit from a well-developed root system. This root system reaches deeply into the ground and supplies its fruit with potent nourishment. Consequently, wines of these vineyards are extremely flavorful with enormous concentration.
- FALSTAFF WEINGUIDE 2017/2018
- ROBERT PARKER, THE WINE ADVOCATE 08/17
- Stuart Pigott, JamesSuckling.com, 10/17
- ROBERT PARKER, THE WINE ADVOCATE 03/20
Site and climate
The terraced south and southwest facing slope of Zöbinger Heiligenstein has a unique geological history that has been preserved in this particular area.
We ferment the must in stainless steel at a temperature of 15-20° Celsius.
Food pairing recommendation
An excellent food companion with grilled fish, roast or fried chicken, salted or smoked meats (but without sauerkraut!), Wiener schnitzel, or as an alternative to red wine with roast duck or goose. It’s also ideally suited to many hearty exotic dishes . After some years of maturing, it can be recommended for fish with a variety of sauces - such as beurre blanc or Riesling cream sauce.