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2020 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Chardonnay Reserve Langenloiser Steinberg, Austria, Niederösterreich, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

A portion of the Chardonnay is picked early for the sparkling wines while the rest are allowed to hang and develop.  This wine is fermented in barrels and then goes thru full malolactic fermentation.  It is allowed to mature in 2500 liter wood barrels.  Green/gold in color, clear and bright.  There is some oak showing on the nose as well as a hint of sulfur, both of which quickly blow off.  The resultant wine shows green apples, salinity, spice and slight lemon.  Medium bodied.  Good acidity.  On the palate, this seems richer than the nose.  Lemon cream, and spice with the salinity coming t

2018 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Grüner Veltliner 1ÖTW Käferberg, Austria, Kamptal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

Consumed at the winery as part of a vertical of this wine from 18, 19, & 20.  Hay/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with lemons, spice and lemon verbena.  Medium bodied.  Nice texture but a bit more disjointed than the 2019.  An hour in a decanter would benefit this wine.  On the palate, lemon candy and spice.  A bit of heat on the finish which again, is probably solved with a decant.  Still, an outstanding wine in its own right.  Nice on its own and better with foods.  Pasta primavera would be excellent.  Drink over the next seven to ten years.  

2019 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Grüner Veltliner 1ÖTW Käferberg, Austria, Kamptal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A

Tasted at the winery as part of a vertical of 18, 19 & 20.  Much bigger, riper and more depth than the 2020 (at least at this stage).  Hay/Gold in color, clear and bright.  Wow, what a gorgeous nose.  Classic.  Floral (white flowers?), slight asparagus, and white pepper and a hint of spice.  Medium bodied.  Slightly oily texture.  On the palate, lemon zest and lemon candy.  Good acidity.  Depth and tight complexity that opens in the glass.  Long finish.  This is drinking well now but may improve as it matures.  Drink over the next twelve to  fifteen years.  Great on its own, this will s

2020 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Grüner Veltliner 1ÖTW Käferberg, Austria, Kamptal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Drink as part of a vertical 18, 19 & 20 at the winery.  Green/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice.  Floral with slight pear and hints of anise.  More elegant in style with a slight velvety texture.  On the palate, lemons with a bit of salinity turning more green apple on the finish.  This seems to be open and drinking well now.  Good acidity.  Drink over the next seven to ten years.  This would work well with roasted Brussels Sprouts.  

2021 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Grüner Veltliner 1ÖTW Ried Loiserberg, Austria, Kamptal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

This is yet unreleased but is a spectacular wine.  The sample bottle served at the winery was decanted to allow the sulfur to blow off  bit.  This is a ripe but not over ripe wine that seems fully developed with just a hint of sharp corners at this point.  Light golden in color with a touch of green hues.  The nose is beautiful with a floral (maybe Edelweiss but probably more like Acacia) nose along with a touch of lemon verbena.  Light tannins.  Good but balanced acidity.  The palate has lemon peel, slight peppery notes and spice.  A long finish.  Delicious wine that is great on its own, b

2021 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Grüner Veltliner Terrassen Kamptal, Austria, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

This is sourced from various terraced vineyards and younger vines.  Screw capped.  Green/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is expressive.  Tangerine peel, peaches with a slight minerality.  Medium bodied.  Lively acidity.  On the palate, green apples, lemons, and minerals.  Lots of energy.  This is fresh and easy to drink but has some depth, too.  It is refreshing on its own but will work with goat chees and roasted beet salad. Drink over the next four to six years.  

2017 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Chardonnay Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs Große Reserve Langenlois, Austria, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Another impressive sparkling wine from this estate.  100% Chardonnay.  Disgorged in January, 2022.  12.5% abv.  Zero Dosage.  Pale, yellow in color with a nice stream of smaller bubbles.  The nose is big and excellent.  Minerality, chalk, lemons and slight salinity with lots of energy.  Crisp acidity.  On the palate, the chalk, minerals and salinity come thru but the lemon citrus is a bit more pronounced.  Long finish.  This is delicious.  It drinks nice on its own but will be even better with food.  This would work well with sushi but also a frittata.  Drink over the next seven to ten year

NV Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Brut Reserve, Austria, Wine Review

Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

Disgorged March 2022.  A blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Grüner Veltliner.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  A nice mousse of small bubbles.  On the nose, light toast, hay, chalk and some apricot.  Frothy.  On the palate, crisp with nice peach notes.  What seems like just a hint of sweetness.  Minerality.  Some depth.  Long finish.  This is refreshing and very food friendly.  Drink over the next few years.  This would be a great wine to sit with a bowl of (buttered) popcorn and watch a really good movie.  

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