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Zöbinger Heiligenstein Alte Reben

Riesling

2017

Kamptal DAC Reserve, Erste Lage ÖTW

Captivating nose with the expected array of aromas including pineapple, milk chocolate and a touch of cantaloupe melon. Fully ripened, but not too voluptuous, allowing a glimpse of future harmony. Sweetly extracted and vivacious with salt-mineral facets. Genteel elegance and crystal-clear expression. This will evolve into a truly great Riesling with its full potential to be measured in decades.

Viktor Siegl

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.

Grape variety
Riesling
Harvest yield
2,500 l / ha
Vine training system
Guyot
Date of harvest
October 2–4, 2017
Alcohol content
13.5%
Bottle closure type
Natural cork

Awards

95/100
“The most compact and concentrated of Bründlmayer's 2017 dry Rieslings.”
Stuart Pigott, JamesSuckling.com, 10/18
94+/100
ROBERT PARKER, THE WINE ADVOCATE 12/18
19.5/20
“Best Austrian White Wine”
Gault & Millau Wine Guide 2019
98/100
A La Carte Wine Guide 2018

Site and climate

Ried Zöbinger Heiligenstein

Size
36.7 ha
Elevation
230 – 345 m
Inclination
13 °
Orientation
SSW

The terraced south and southwest facing slope of Zöbinger Heiligenstein has a unique geological history that has been preserved in this particular area.

The 2017 vintage
This time, thankfully, we were only marginally affected by late frosts in spring and hail showers during the vegetation period. Best flowering conditions in June gave reason to hope for good ripeness in autumn. Summer was hot, and some vineyards showed dry stress, especially the younger ones on the rocky hills to the west. Irrigation helped to cope with the heat. Several regional thunder showers in August were very welcome and finally provided relief. The chances of best quality grapes also were preserved by meticulous “green & ground work” (i.e. thinning out, green harvest, turning soils, care for ground cover, etc. See our...

Maturation

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.