Zöbinger Heiligenstein Alte Reben
Kamptal DAC, Erste Lage ÖTW
Finely coiled, extremely refined fruit of honeydew melon & white peach, some lime peel here as well, a bit contained despite the great ripeness. At once seeking the depths, discreet & distinguished, still a little more restrained than the Lyra. On the palate, however, the wine takes off, coiled & concentrated fruit flavours – unparalleled rich texture, always concentrated but always refreshing; simultaneously clear as a bell & quite complex, scores big for its vitality & breeding, an exceptional Riesling here, with great length & a great future.
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.
- “...reference riesling oft the year…”
- ROBERT PARKER, THE WINE ADVOCATE 03/20
- “1. Platz Riesling Lagenwein”
- Falstaff Magazin Dez-Feb. 2020
- Gault & Millau 2020
- Falstaff Wein Guide 2019/20
- A la Carte Weinguide 2020
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.