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Schloss Gobelsburg, Kamptal.

One could more easily match a different Schloss Gobelsburg wine with each and every course of a long and elaborate dinner. The breadth of the range and the quality of everything is fabulous and exemplary.  Kamptal DAC region is one of the three top wine-growing areas of the Danube region. The estate was founded in the 12th Century by Cistercian monks, who produced wine until the late 1990's, when Michael Moosbrugger took over. One of the results of his meticulous approach to winemaking is the numerous awards and accolades he and his wines have received. Gobelsburg is now again one of the Great Estates of the Danube area, a position its great vineyard sites undeniably deserve. Michael has been a driving force behind the new Erste Lage project, which identified 50 new 'Premier Cru' vineyards in the Danube area in 2010. He produces three single vineyard Grüner Veltliners in the Erste Lage, and two Rieslings. "Tradition" is another take on Riesling and Grüner Veltliner: a wine made according to old-fashioned techniques. The wine is basket-pressed, then ferments in wooden casks without temperature control resulting in a rich and complex style. Michael also produces some very accomplished reds: St Laurent, Pinot Noir and an excellent Rosé. Sweet wines too are of high quality. The Grüner Veltliner Eiswein is a brilliant example. We also have a few large format bottles (3litres -12 litres). 

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SGFIZNVB Brut Reserve (sparkling) nv
SGGLO14B Loessterrassen, Grüner Veltliner 2014
SGGVS14B Ried Steinsetz, Grüner Veltliner 2014
SGGVR13B Ried Renner, Erste Lage Grüner Veltliner 2013
SGGVL14H Ried Lamm, Erste Lage Grüner Veltliner 2014 halves 123.30
SGGVL14B Ried Lamm, Erste Lage Grüner Veltliner 2013/14
SGGVT11B Tradition, Grüner Veltliner  2011
SGGVT12B Tradition, Grüner Veltliner  2012
SGRUR14B Urgestein, Riesling  2014
SGRGA13B Ried Gaisberg, Erste Lage Riesling  2013
SGRIT12B  Tradition, Riesling 2012
SGRIT13B  Tradition, Riesling 2013

SGROS14B  Rosé, Domaene Gobelsburg 2014

SGSLH11B Haidegrund, St Laurent 2011
SGPNH11B Alte Haide, Pinot Noir 2011

SGGEW14H Eiswein Grüner Veltliner 2014
Large Format bottles

SGFIZNVM Brut Reserve (sparkling) nv magnum 270.30
SGGVL13M Ried Lamm, Erste Lage Grüner Veltliner 2013 magnum 400.20
SGGVL14M Ried Lamm, Erste Lage Grüner Veltliner 2014 magnum 400.20
SGGVL14D Ried Lamm, Erste Lage Grüner Veltliner 2014 dble mag 1040.70
SGRRH11D Ried Heiligenstein, Erste Lage Riesling 2011 dble mag 1032.30
SGRRH14D Ried Heiligenstein, Erste Lage Riesling 2014 dble mag 1040.70
SGGVT07M Tradition, Grüner Veltliner  2007 magnum 288.00
SGRIT13M  Tradition, Riesling 2013 magnum 353.80
SGRIT10D  Tradition, Riesling 2010 dble mag 933.80
SGRIT10J  Tradition, Riesling 2010 5l 1433.30
SGRIT10T  Tradition, Riesling 2010 12l 3317.60
SGSLH10M Haidegrund, St Laurent 2010 magnum 359.30
SGSLR13M St Laurent Reserve 2013 magnum 352.20
SGPNH10M Alte Haide, Pinot Noir 2010 magnum 347.30
SGPNR13M Pinot Noir Reserve 2013 magnum 352.20
SGPNH10D Alte Haide, Pinot Noir 2010 dble mag 946.90

Franz Hirtzberger, Spitz, Wachau.

Franz Junior, his wife and children, are well-established in the family home, while his parents, Franz and Irmgard, have moved to their new house, near the Axpoint vineyard. The older generation, though, is still fully engaged. Together they preside over a small 12 hectare estate in the South Western end of the Wachau. This is one of the most famous estates of Austria. The vineyards are set on spectacularly steep and narrow terraces above the Danube, and the cultivation of the vines is extremely labour-intensive. Each vine in Singerriedel is individually tended and inspected around one hundred times in the season, and this attention to detail translates into wines of world-class quality which are absolutely true to their terroir. Harvests here can be very late - into early December in some years - and a proportion of botrytis affected fruit (noble rot) is usually included in the wine. Riesling Singerriedel is the estate's flagship wine, perhaps the finest Riesling in Austria. Splendid wines in all the last few vintages, though some tiny quantities in the Smaragd wines of 2014 will put us under pressure to offer continuity. 

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HIGRT13B Rotes Tor, Grüner Veltliner Federspiel 2013
HIGRT14B Rotes Tor, Grüner Veltliner 2014
HIGKI12B Kirchweg, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2011/12
HIGAX11B Axpoint, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2011
HIGAX12B Axpoint, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2012
HIGAX13B Axpoint, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2013
HIGHO12B Honivogl, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2012
HIGHO14B Honivogl, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2014
HIRST14B Steinterrassen, Riesling Federspiel 2014
HIRHO11B Hochrain, Riesling Smaragd 2011
HIRHO13B Hochrain, Riesling Smaragd 2013
HIRSI10B Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd 2010
HIRSI11B Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd 2011
HIRSI12B Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd 2012
HIRSI13B Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd 2013
Large Format bottles

HIGHO11M Honivogl, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2011 magnum 651.20
HIGHO12M Honivogl, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2012 magnum 694.50
HIRHO03M Hochrain, Riesling Smaragd 2003 magnum 451.20
HIRHO09M Hochrain, Riesling Smaragd 2009 magnum 488.00
HIRHO10M Hochrain, Riesling Smaragd 2010 magnum 523.80
HIRSI12M Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd 2012 magnum 713.60
HIGHO09D Honivogl, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2009 magnum 1325.40
HIGHO11D Honivogl, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2011 dble mag 1454.80
HIGHO12D Honivogl, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2012 dble mag 1543.10
HIGHO14D Honivogl, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2014 dble mag 1669.30
HIRSI10D Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd 2010 dble mag 1528.40
HIRSI11D Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd 2011 dble mag 1528.40
HIRSI12D Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd 2012 dble mag 1626.80
HIRSI13D Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd 2013 dble mag 1626.80

Rainer Wess, Unterloiben, Wachau:

A bright purity of fruit shows itself in the wines of Rainer Wess, who has been making wine from his new, trendy winery on the outskirts of Krems for five vintages now. An impressive building where glass and steel have been interlaid in a traditional structure, echoing the stylishly clean yet authentic wines that he makes. Grapes are largely bought from seven different growers with whom he has been working for ten years, though he does own a lovely vineyard planted in Spitz as well as a newly planted parcel of Pinot Noir which will begin bearing fruit very soon. There are a few new wines from the Kremstal starting to appear. In the very challenging conditions of 2014, where rain in the Wachau made the vintage even more challenging than further East, Rainer has produced some marvelously intense wines, packed with energy. They are less fat and opulent than the last few vintages. In character they are just the kind of wines Rainer loves to make. 

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RWGVW14B Wachauer, Grüner Veltliner 2014
RWGKO14H Kögl, Grüner Veltliner 2014 Halves 94.00
RWGSK13B Stein Und Krems, Grüner Veltliner 2013
RWGVP12B Pfaffenberg, Grüner Veltliner 2012
RWGVL14B Loibenberg, Grüner Veltliner 2014
RWRIW14B Wachauer, Riesling 2014
RWRSK13B Stein Und Krems, Riesling 2012/13
RWRIP12B Pfaffenberg, Riesling  2011/12

Weingut Stadt Krems, Krems, Kremstal.

A winery largely owned by the town of Krems, which stands quite majestically in the city centre amongst its 35 ha of surrounding vines. After an unfortunate set back in 2010 when part of the newly-built cellar fell to the ground following a bout of heaving spring rain, it was excellent news to hear that after a further two years of re-building, Weingut Stadt Krems was once again fully operational, this time boasting a new and improved cellar. This is a story of continued renovation and partial replanting, carried out by the most jovial Fritz Miesbauer and his henchman, 'Goosey', with the considerable increase in quality of the wines a testament to the pair's energy and initiative. The estate comprises different parcels of varied terroir, including schist and also conglomerate rock, which produce a distinctive range of single vineyard wines showcasing the variety of styles of this area. These wines use the distinctive Vinolok closure: a neat glass stopper. Year on year improvements here are dramatic. 

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SKGRS14B Grüner Veltliner, Rieden Selektion 2013/14
SKGVL14B Lössterrassen, Grüner Veltliner 2014
SKGWE14B Weinzielberg, Grüner Veltliner 2013/14
SKGVS14B Stein, Grüner Veltliner 2013/14
SKRST12B Steinterrassen, Riesling 2012
SKRKO11B  Kögl, Riesling 2011
SKRGR07B  Grillenparz, Riesling 2007
SKRKO09M  Kögl, Riesling 2009 Magnum 252.10

Weingut Felsner, Krems, Kremstal.

The Felsner family estate is situated in the village of Rohrendorf at the Eastern end of the Kremstal, where loess soil predominates. This is a unique, wind-blown, fine silty clay which is light and absorbs heat and moisture well; it is particularly suited to the Grüner Veltliners which Manfred Felsner produces. The vineyards also extend to conglomerate rock, which is planted with Riesling. Manfred's careful vineyard work has been concentrated into recultivating the steep slopes and old vines. His philosophy is to use minimal intervention in the vineyard and winery in order to preserve the authenticity of the terroir in the wines he produces. There is a high proportion of old vines on the estate, dating back a couple of generations, and this brings depth and complexity to the wines. The wines are clean and elegant, with the typical crisp varietal character of the Kremstal coupled with the weight contributed by the old vines. The cool Reisenthal vineyard high up on the plateau gives the wine ripeness yet salty freshness. 

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MFGVG14B Grüner Veltliner, Gerlissen 2013/14
MFGVR13B Grüner Veltliner, Reisenthal 2013

Weingut Erich & Walter Polz , Spielfeld, Southern Styria.

The Polz family has established a reputation as one of the top producers of Styrian Sauvignon, which marries the freshness of the old world styles with the fruity ripeness of the new world. The Klassik Sauvignon is in a fresh style, unoaked, and ready for early drinking.  We also have a single vineyard Sauvignon, "Therese", which shows great complexity, particularly with a few years of bottle age. The Therese vineyard is located high at about 450m with flint soils. It produces tightly structured wines.  Unlike many of the other wines in our Austrian portfolio, Sauvignon is an internationally recognised varietal, but Styria can definitely claim a place, along with Sancerre and Marlborough, as one of the top worldwide locations for this grape.  The next generation is beginning to assume responsibilities here, and Christophe, son of Erich Polz, is now chief winemaker. There have been a few changes towards more reductive and perhaps less opulent wine making styles, but the unique terroir of the region remains primordial. 

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POSBK14B Sauvignon, Steirische Klassik 2014
POSBT14B Sauvignon, Therese 2013/14

Familie Prieler, Schützen-am-Gebirge, Burgenland.

Georg Prieler, aided in the vineyards by his sort-of-retired father Engelbert, is in charge now. They are a long and well-established family, and at any visit, tasting or conversation there is a clear sense that they have found "their" style and know exactly what to do. That's not at all to say they rest on their laurels, despite being enormously successful in Austria, and Georg is well-travelled with a strong enthusiasm to learn and experiment. The vineyards are situated on the Western side of Lake Neusiedl, and lie mostly on sun-exposed Southern and Eastern slopes. The lake provides a perfect micro-climate with mild temperatures throughout the year. The flagship wine is the Blaufränkisch from the Goldberg vineyard which is highly reputed as one of the top red wines in Austria. Challenging Goldberg however is Leithaberg. Like Goldberg it is 100% Blaufränkisch, but it uses no new oak, so is perhaps more in tune with the style of our times. Its name is shared, of course by the new DAC Leithaberg. This is named after the Leitha hills, where slate and marine limestone dominate, giving a very fresh, almost chalky note to the wines and a tightly woven structure. Although the estate is known particularly for the reds, we also ship the very classy Pinot Blanc Seeberg, which is an elegant and juicy alternative to the Grüners and Rieslings for which Austria is better known. We have also extended the range this year to include the Leithaberg white wine - also made from Pinot Blanc - but with an extra year on lees in barrel, and with intense and complex notes rarely associated with Pinot Blanc. A great white Burgundy alternative. 

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PRPPB14B Pinot Blanc, Seeberg 2014
PRLEW14B Leithaberg, Pinot Blanc 2013/14

PRBRJ12B Ried Johanneshohe, Blaufränkisch 2012
PRLER13B Leithaberg, Blaufränkisch 2013
PRBRG11B Ried Goldberg, Blaufränkisch 2011
Large Format bottles

PRBRG02M Ried Goldberg, Blaufränkisch 2002 magnum 626.40
PRBRG03M Ried Goldberg, Blaufränkisch 2003 magnum 626.40
PRBRG05M Ried Goldberg, Blaufränkisch 2005 magnum 626.40
PRBRG07M Ried Goldberg, Blaufränkisch 2007 magnum 626.40
PRBRG09M Ried Goldberg, Blaufränkisch 2009 magnum 614.40
PRBRG11M Ried Goldberg, Blaufränkisch 2011 magnum 599.40

Feiler-Artinger, Rust, Burgenland.

Our next visit to Feiler-Artinger will feature a visit to see the cows. The estate had always owned cows until about 10 years ago but now Kurt, an ecologically-minded young man, has decided to bring them back, in part, no doubt, to help fertilise his biodynamic vineyard. The town of Rust is situated on the Western side of Lake Neusiedl, an ideal microclimate for the production of noble sweet botrytised wines. The Ruster Ausbruch wines are deservedly world-famous, from a village renowned since the C17th for its sweet wine; brilliant intensity, voluptuous sweetness, complexity and balance. Kurt's winemaking for the estate has produced some world class examples and Feiler-Artinger have a huge international reputation. Less well-known, but also admirable, are his reds. With Greiner (schist) and Umriss (limestone) we have the chance for a fascinating comparison between pure Blaufränkisch from different soils. The estate's premium red, Solitaire, is a blend of Blaufränkisch, Cabernet Franc and Merlot and is a powerful but elegant wine. 

Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)

FAZWE14B Zweigelt 2014
FABLU12B Umriss, Blaufränkisch 2008/12
FABLG07B Greiner, Blaufränkisch 2007
FASOL08B Solitaire (blfr, cab franc, merlot) 2008

FABEA14H  Beerenauslese (welschriesling & chardonnay) 2014 halves 104.70
FAAUS13H Ruster Ausbruch 2012/13 halves 170.10
FAAPC07H Ruster Ausbruch, Pinot Cuvée 2007 halves 168.00


Gerhard Pittnauer, Gols, Burgenland.

Modern, supple wines with silky-soft tannins and fantastic varietal focus are the hallmarks of Gerhard Pittnauer's wines. Factors which no doubt contributed to him being awarded Winemaker of the Year 2014, the top winemaker award in Austria presented to him by Falstaff Magazine. His wines, primarily focussed around St Laurent, but featuring also Blaufränkisch and Pinot Noir, display remarkable character, most apparent in his single vineyard wines. We have also had great success with his simpler wines too. Burgenlander and Velvet, both accessible yet authentic blends, make for a great introduction to Austrian reds. Gerhard enthusiastically embraced Biodynamics a few years ago and is now fiddling around with low sulphur wines too - which has prompted a lively debate between us! There is also a new skin contact white (Mash Pitt) from 2014. 

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PIMAS14B Mash Pitt 2014

PIROS13B Blaufränkisch Rosé 2013

PIBURNVB Burgenländer NV
PIZWE14B Zweigelt Heideboden 2014
PISLD14B St Laurent Dorflagen 2013/14
PISAL08B St Laurent, Altenberg 2008
PISLR08B St Laurent, Rosenberg 2008
PISLR11B St Laurent, Rosenberg 2011
PISLA10B St Laurent, Alte Reben 2010
PIBLK14B Blaufränkisch Heideboden 2013/14
PIBLR08B Blaufränkisch Rosenberg 2008
PIPND14B Pinot Noir, Dorflagen 2014
PIPNF14B Pinot Noir, Fuchsenfeld 2012/14
PIPAN08B Pannobile 2008

Josef Umathum, Frauenkirchen, Burgenland.

Josef Umathum has a long-established reputation for the red Zweigelt and St Laurent varietals and, in more recent years, Blaufränkisch and sweet wines too. Umathum continues working on the traditional terraced vineyards in the village of Jois, where vineyards were first cultivated as early as 1214. This is the source of his brilliant Blaufränkisch Kirschgarten. He also manages much more depth and complexity in Zweigelt than anyone we know, and with the Zweigelt from the Ried Hallebuhl he makes a wine which is both serious and delicious, with a strong mineral touch: a strong contender for best Zweigelt in Austria. This biodynamic estate has a long-established reputation, particularly for its red wines, but increasingly also for its delicious botrytis affected sweet wines, as well as an excellent dry white from Lindenblätrigger, better known as Harslevelu. Josef combines a rigorously scientific and empirical approach to all his wine production decisions. 

        Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)

UMLIN10B Lindenblättriger (Harslevelu) 2010

UMROS14B Rosa 2014

UMZWE13H Zweigelt 2012/13 halves 61.40
UMZWE13B Zweigelt 2013
UMPIN11B Pinot Noir, Unter den Terrassen 2011
UMHAL11B Ried Hallebuhl 2011
UMBLK09B Kirschgarten, Blaufränkisch 2009

UMCBA11H  Beerenausele, Chardonnay/Scheurebe 2011 halves 96.90


Weingut Moric, Grosshöflein , Burgenland.

The centre of gravity of the Moric project has shifted slightly towards Lutzmannsburg. Originally Neckenmarkt was the (slightly) more expensive of the two old vine cuvées, and then prices became the same, demonstrating Roland Velich's equal enthusiasm for both places. Now he has bought a property in Lutzmannsburg, where his assistant, Imre, lives, and they are now looking after more vineyards on the very windy Lutzmannsburg plateau above and behind the village. Fine vintages and great wines continue to come out of the cellar: the excellent, rich 2012s are a seamless follow on to the 2011s for the reserve wines, and the fresher style of 2013 makes the Blaufränkisch Burgenland a juicy, crunchy delight. Roland's philosophy is to produce elegance above all, and he sees a strong affinity for Burgenland Blaufränkisch with Burgundian Pinot Noir, (as well as Northern Rhone Syrah and Nebbiolo) rather than with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, as was the received wisdom in the region before he came along. He harvests low yields from vines grown with minimal chemical treatment and he uses natural yeasts for slow fermentation, often in open vats. Assemblage is a slow and careful process after extended evolution in cask. No new oak is used. The Moric project is now well established internationally as a fine wine, sought after by increasing numbers of fine wine collectors. They lead the way in creating a world-wide reputation for this wonderful grape variety. Quantities of the top wines are very limited. 

        Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
MOGVG13B St Georgen, Grüner Veltliner 2013    290.90

MOBLA13B Blaufränkisch, Burgenland 2013
MONEC12B Moric Reserve, Blaufränkisch 2012
MOLAR10B Lutzmannsburg Alte Reben, Blaufränkisch 2010
MOLAR11B Lutzmannsburg Alte Reben, Blaufränkisch 2011
MOLAR12B Lutzmannsburg Alte Reben, Blaufränkisch 2012
MONAR08B Neckenmarkt Alte Reben, Blaufränkisch 2008
MONAR11B Neckenmarkt Alte Reben, Blaufränkisch 2011
MONAR12B Neckenmarkt Alte Reben, Blaufränkisch 2012
Large Format bottles

MOBLA11M Blaufränkisch, Burgenland 2011 magnum 232.40
MOLAR09M Lutzmannsburg Alte Reben, Blaufränkisch 2009 magnum 729.80


Helmut Lang, Illmitz, Burgenland.

Helmut Lang's wine cellar no longer shares space with the large tank of Pike-perch fish from Lake Neusiedl. They have been moved outside, and so what was literally a "garagiste" operation when we met in 2002 has been modernised and developed. His speciality is sweet wines, both from botrytised but also frozen grapes. Unfortunately, conditions for sweet wine production here over the last few years have been very difficult: not cold enough for Eiswein, and not the right humidity for botrytis. As a result the cellar looks quite empty and there's more than enough room for a few tubs of fish!  His vineyards are located on the Eastern side of the lake around Illmitz. The vines are immaculately trained and all located in the National Parkland which surrounds the lake. Helmut is a keen hunter and fisherman, so all his work and pastimes seem to lie on his doorstep. These wines all age slowly and, when young, are pale-coloured pure and clean.  NB ALL HALF BOTTLES. 

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HLCBA12H Beerenauslese, Chardonnay 2012
HLPBA06H Beerenauslese, Pinot Noir 2006
HLSTB06H Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA), Sämling 88 2006
HLMEW13H  Eiswein, Grüner Veltliner & Gelber Muskateller 2013
HLGME08H  Eiswein, Gelber Muskateller 2008
Older Vintages

HLSTB95H Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA), Sämling 88 1995
HLWRE97H  Essenz, Welschriesling 1997


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