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.  

2020 Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner 1ÖTW Ried Grub, Austria, Kamptal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A

Another pretty special "premier cru" wine from this winery.  Yellow/gold in color, clear and bright.  What a great nose with  lemon zest, slight white pepper, hints of asparagus and herbal notes.  Crisp acidity.  Nice, slightly viscous texture.  On the palate, nice minerality with lemon zest and slight char.  Long finish.  This is delicious already and should still improve.  Drink over the next ten to twelve years.  This would work well with Lamb Curry.  

2020 Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner 1ÖTW Ried Renner, Austria, Kamptal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

Very concentrated expression of Gruner.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose shows some vanilla, lemon, and spice.  Very nice creamy texture with good acidity.  On the palate, this has plenty of depth and complexity.  Lemons, and dried herbs.  Long finish.  This vintage seems like it should be more accessible while waiting on the 19's and 21's.  Drink over the next seven years.  Great on its own, this should be very food friendly.  Soft cheeses should work well.  

2021 Schloss Gobelsburg Messwein Grüner Veltliner , Austria, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

This is their "Altar Wine", something the estate was founded to produce 900 years ago.  It is made with Gruner Veltliner.  Silver gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is great with slight limes, asparagus, slight white pepper and spice.  Light tannins.  Light to medium bodied.  Very intense on the palate.  Meyer lemons, slight lime, hints of white pepper and minerals.  Long finish.  Good acidity.  Refreshing and delicious.  This is drinking well already but may still improve.  Drink over the next six to eight years.  It will work well with food.  Vietnamese food would be a nice pairin

NV Schloss Gobelsburg Brut Réserve Niederosterreich Sekt, Austria, Wine Review

Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$45.00USD

This sparkling wine from Austria is an blend sourced from the premier cru vineyards of Heiligenstein, Gaisberg, Grub and Lamm.  It is about 50% Gruner Veltliner with the rest about 25% each Pinot Noir and Riesling.  Golden in color with a steady stream of smaller bubbles.  The nose has Vanilla, spice and minerals.  Medium bodied.  Slight tannins.  On the palate, there is some depth.  Very refreshing.  Minerals, slight citrus, with underlying char.  Some chalk on the finish.  A very nice sparkline wine.  This drinks well now and should be drunk over the next five to eight years.  Certainly g

2021 Heuriger Hamböck Donau Veltliner, Austria, Kremstal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$10.00USD

Drank this at Heuriger Hamböck in Krems, Austria. 11.5% abv. This is considered a dry, "young wine". Young wine refers to the latest wines made which have a special legal status in Austria and are allowed to be sold at Heurigers. Green/gold in color, clear and bright. The nose has peach with slight white pepper. Light tannins. On the palate, minerals with some lemons especially on the finish. Clean. This is easy drinking and refreshing. Drink over the next couple of years. It works well with lighter foods such as cheeses and cold cuts.

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