2019 Nigl Muskateller Gelber Eiswein, Austria, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

A nice treat to be able to try this at the winery.  10.5% abv.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has elderberries and sea air.  Viscous texture.  Good acidity.  On the palate, sort of an apricot liqueur note.  Long finish.  This is tasty and easy to drink.  Great on its own, this would work with a not too sweet berry pastry.  Drink over the next ten years.  

2018 Nigl Chardonnay TA OS, Austria, Lower Austria, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Grade: 

This is apparently a joint venture between Nigl and the Ta Os Skybar in Schorndorf, Germany.  It is a style of Chardonnay that I am not a fan of.  You may like it more.  Yellow gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has lemon pith and a woody quality.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this seems bitter with more lemon rind.  Wine is subjective, you may enjoy this more than I.  

2021 Nigl Sauvignon Blanc, Austria, Lower Austria, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

This is just a tad behind the amazing 2019, but with another year or so, it may be just as good.  Green/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has gooseberries, some papaya and minerals.  Medium bodied.  Very clean.  Nice acidity.  On the palate, gooseberries, slight peach and minerals.  Nice finish.  This is drinking well now, but should improve a bit.  Drink over the next ten years.  Great on its own, this will work well lighter foods.

2021 Nigl Gelber Muskateller, Austria, Lower Austria, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

Muskateller probably doesn't get the attention it deserves, getting short shrift to the Gruners and Rieslings in Austria.  Yet, some are quite charming and well worth visiting.  This is one.  Silvery/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has lychees, elderberries, apricots and slight minty note.  Moderate acidity.  On the palate, this is dry.  Apricots, lychee and slight elderberries.  Nice texture.  Good finish.  This drinks easy on its own and would be a nice wine with a lighter lunch.  Drink over the next few years.  

2021 Nigl Grüner Veltliner 1ÖTW Privat Pellingen, Austria, Kremstal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A

This was a clear step up from the wonderful 2020.  Green/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is great with slight peach, limes and minerals.  Oily texture.  Light tannins.  On the palate, flavors of limes, white pepper and slight peach.  Great acidity.  Long finish with slight bitter note (in a good way) on the finish.  This is drinking very well now and should continue to for the next six to nine years.  It would be great with a green olive and onion pizza.  

2020 Nigl Riesling Rehberger Goldberg, Austria, Kremstal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+

At a recent tasting at the winery of many amazing wines, this was my favorite.  A stunning Riesling.  The soils of the vineyard are volcanic.  Green gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is great with notes of apricot and crème brûlée. Great acidity.  Wonderful balance.  On the palate, this is concentrated, lively and delicious.  Flavors of peach, apricots, slight coffee and minerality.  Long finish.  This is great on its own and will work with almost any food.  Grilled trout would be great!  Drink over the next twelve to fifteen years.  

2020 Nigl Riesling 1ÖTW Privat Hochäcker, Austria, Kremstal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A

Tasted at the winery.  Grown on steep terraced vineyards.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has bold peach notes and nice minerality.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, peaches and minerals.  Good acidity.  Long finish.  Delicious.  This needs a few more years to develop but is already drinking well.  Drink over the next twelve to fifteen years.  This is great on its own and will work with a wide variety of foods.  This would work well with stuffed pork chops.  

2020 Nigl Grüner Veltliner 1ÖTW Privat Pellingen, Austria, Kremstal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$74.00USD

Tasted at the winery.  The 1ÖTW indicates a Premier Cru vineyard.  Yellow gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with limes and some minerality.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, this is ripe and bigger in nature than many from this vintage.  Limes and lemons with some minerality.  Long finish.  One of the best 2020 Gruner's tasted!  This drinks well on its own and would be a nice match with shell fish.  Drink over the next five to eight years.  

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