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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). 

White


Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
SGFIZNVB BRUT RESERVE (sparkling) nv
162.00
SGBDBNVB BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT (sparkling) nv
184.30
SGGLO16B LÖSS, Grüner Veltliner 2016
89.40
SGGLA15B LANGENLOIS, Kamptal Grüner Veltliner 2015
119.80
SGGVS15B Ried STEINSETZ, Kamptal Grüner Veltliner 2015
130.20
SGGVR15B Ried RENNER, Erste Lage Kamptal Grüner Veltliner 2015
159.80
SGGVL15H Ried LAMM, Erste Lage Kamptal Grüner Veltliner 2014/15 halves 138.00
SGGVL11H Ried LAMM, Erste Lage Kamptal Grüner Veltliner 2011 halves 156.90
SGGVL09H Ried LAMM, Erste Lage Kamptal Grüner Veltliner 2009 halves 163.10
SGGVL16B Ried LAMM, Erste Lage Kamptal Grüner Veltliner 2016
229.80
SGGVT14B TRADITION, Grüner Veltliner  2014
196.20
SGGVT12B TRADITION, Grüner Veltliner  2012
175.40
SGRUR14B URGESTEIN, Riesling  2014
101.90
SGRZO15B ZÖBING, Kamptal Riesling  2015
130.90
SGRGA14B Ried GAISBERG, Erste Lage Kamptal Riesling  2014
143.00
SGRRH15B Ried HEILIGENSTEIN, Erste Lage Kamptal Riesling 2015
229.80
SGRRH10B Ried HEILIGENSTEIN, Erste Lage Kamptal Riesling 2010
252.90
SGRRH08B Ried HEILIGENSTEIN, Erste Lage Kamptal Riesling 2008
274.80
SGRIT14B  TRADITION, Riesling 2014
208.70
SGRIT13B  TRADITION, Riesling 2013
186.60
Rosé



SGROS16B  ROSÉ, Domaene Gobelsburg 2016
87.50
Red



SGSLH11B Haidegrund, St Laurent 2011
186.60
SGPNR13B PINOT NOIR Reserve 2013
192.90
Sweet



SGGEW15H EISWEIN Grüner Veltliner 2015 halves 244.50
Large Format bottles


SGFIZNVM BRUT RESERVE (sparkling) nv magnum 327.30
SGGVL15D Ried LAMM, Erste Lage Kamptal Grüner Veltliner 2015 dble mag 1152.80
SGGVL14M Ried LAMM, Erste Lage Kamptal Grüner Veltliner 2014 magnum 449.60
SGRRH15M Ried HEILIGENSTEIN, Erste Lage Kamptal Riesling 2015 magnum 451.20
SGRRH15D Ried HEILIGENSTEIN, Erste Lage Kamptal Riesling 2015 dble mag 1164.80
SGRRH15J Ried HEILIGENSTEIN, Erste Lage Kamptal Riesling (5l) 2015 5 l 1745.70
SGRIT13M  TRADITION, Riesling 2013 magnum 377.40
SGRIT10J  TRADITION, Riesling 2010 5 l 1463.90
SGRIT10T  TRADITION, Riesling 2010 12 l 3382.20
SGSLR13M ST LAURENT Reserve 2013 magnum 364.00


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. 

White


Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
HIGRT16B Rotes Tor, Grüner Veltliner Federspiel 2016
163.80
HIGSR16B Rotes Tor, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2016
261.30
HIGHO16B Honivogl, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2016
431.20
HIGHO15B Honivogl, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2015
437.20
HIRST16B Steinterrassen, Riesling Federspiel 2016
167.90
HIRST15B Steinterrassen, Riesling Federspiel 2015
162.30
HIRHO16B Hochrain, Riesling Smaragd 2016
305.00
HIRSI16B Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd 2016
437.20
HIRSI15B Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd 2015
449.10
Large Format bottles


HIGHO16M Honivogl, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2016 magnum 900.90
HIGHO15M Honivogl, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2015 magnum 900.90
HIRSI16M Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd 2016 magnum 900.90
HIRSI15M Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd 2015 magnum 900.90
HIRSI12M Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd 2012 magnum 809.00
HIGHO16D Honivogl, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2016 dble mag 1975.00
HIGHO15D Honivogl, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2015 dble mag 1975.00
HIGHO14D Honivogl, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2014 dble mag 1890.20
HIRSI15D Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd 2015 dble mag 1975.00
HIRSI13D Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd 2013 dble mag 1848.50
HIRSI12D Singerriedel, Riesling Smaragd 2012 dble mag 1848.50


Weinhofmeisterei Mathias Hirtzberger, Wösendorf, Wachau:

White



Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
MHGVT16B Treu, Grüner Veltliner Federspiel
2016
147.20
MHGVG16B Greif, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd
2016
182.70
MHGVS16B Spitaler, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd
2016
227.00
MHGVS15B Spitaler, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd
2015
222.60
MHGVK16B Kollmütz, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd
2016
278.00


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. 

White


Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
RWGVW16B Wachauer, Grüner Veltliner 2016
91.60
RWGKO15H Kögl, Grüner Veltliner 2015 halves 113.00
RWGKO14H Kögl, Grüner Veltliner 2014 halves 97.70
RWGSK16B Krems Alte Reben, Grüner Veltliner 2016
128.30
RWGVP12B Pfaffenberg, Grüner Veltliner 2012
148.50
RWGVL15B Loibenberg, Grüner Veltliner 2015
175.60
RWGVL14B Loibenberg, Grüner Veltliner 2014
163.40
RWRIW16B Wachauer, Riesling 2016
108.40
RWRSK16B Krems Alte Reben, Riesling 2016
133.90
RWRIL08B Loibenberg, Riesling  2008
164.20


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. 

White



Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
SKGRS16B Grüner Veltliner, Rieden Selektion
2016
77.30
SKGLO16B Lössterrassen, Grüner Veltliner
2016
87.80
SKGWE15B Weinzielberg, Grüner Veltliner
2015
100.40
SKGVS15B Stein, Grüner Veltliner
2015
120.60
SKRST16B Steinterrassen, Riesling
2016
104.00
SKRKO11B  Kögl, Riesling
2011
135.50


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. 

White



Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
MFGVG16B Gerlissen, Grüner Veltliner
2016
90.00
MFGVG15B Gerlissen, Grüner Veltliner
2015
87.80
MFGVR13B Reisenthal, Grüner Veltliner
2013
95.60
MFNEU16B Reisenthal, Neuburger
2016
127.20


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. 

White



Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
POSBK16B Steirische Klassik, Sauvignon Blanc
2016
121.20
POSBT15B Therese, Sauvignon Blanc
2015
169.60
POTRA08B Grassnitzberg, Traminer
2008
112.70


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. 

White


Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
PRPPB16B Pinot Blanc, Seeberg 2016
118.20
PRPPB14B Pinot Blanc, Seeberg 2014
109.30
PRLEW15B Leithaberg, Pinot Blanc 2015
163.40
PRHAW15B Haidsatz, Pinot Blanc 2015
230.10
Red



PRBRJ15B Ried Johanneshöhe, Blaufränkisch 2015
108.90
PRBRJ14B Ried Johanneshöhe, Blaufränkisch 2014
100.50
PRLER14B Leithaberg, Blaufränkisch 2014
199.60
PRLER13B Leithaberg, Blaufränkisch 2013
185.10
PRBRG12B Ried Goldberg, Blaufränkisch 2012

250.50
Large Format bottles


PRBRG11M Ried Goldberg, Blaufränkisch 2011 magnum 631.20
PRBRG09M Ried Goldberg, Blaufränkisch 2009 magnum 649.10
PRBRG07M Ried Goldberg, Blaufränkisch 2007 magnum 649.10
PRBRG05M Ried Goldberg, Blaufränkisch 2005 magnum 649.10
PRBRG03M Ried Goldberg, Blaufränkisch 2003 magnum 649.10
PRBRG02M Ried Goldberg, Blaufränkisch 2002 magnum 649.10


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. 

Red


Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
FAZWE15B Zweigelt 2015
97.30
FAZWE14B Zweigelt 2014
92.70
FABLU13B Umriss, Blaufränkisch 2013
125.70
FABLG07B Greiner, Blaufränkisch 2007
170.30
FASOL08B Solitaire (blfr, cab franc, merlot) 2008
189.30
Sweet



FABEA15H Beerenauslese (welschriesling & chardonnay) 2015 halves 118.20
FAAUS13H Ruster Ausbruch 2013 halves 190.80
FAAPC13H Ruster Ausbruch, Pinot Cuvée 2013 halves 172.70


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. 

White


Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
PIMAS15B Mash Pitt 2015
156.10
Rosé



PIDOR15B Dogma Rosé 2015
117.20
Red



PIBURNVB Burgenländer NV
82.90
PIVELNVB Velvet NV
87.20
PISLD15B St Laurent Dorflagen 2015
110.60
PISLR12B St Laurent, Rosenberg 2012
189.30
PIBLK15B Blaufränkisch Heideboden 2015
98.30
PIBLR08B Blaufränkisch Rosenberg 2008
200.40
PIPND16B Pinot Noir  2016
106.10
PIPNF15B Pinot Noir, Fuchsenfeld 2015
133.90
PIPNF14B Pinot Noir, Fuchsenfeld 2014
127.90
PIPAN14B Pannobile 2014
172.50
PIPAN13B Pannobile 2013
172.50
PIPAN13M Pannobile Magnum 2013 magnum 325.50
PIPAN08B Pannobile 2008
175.50
PIPAN01M Pannobile Magnum 2001 magnum 355.50


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. 

White


Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
UMLIN15B  Königlicher Tafelwein (Lindenblättriger)  2015
138.10
UMLIN14B  Königlicher Tafelwein (Lindenblättriger)  2014
138.10
Rosé



UMROS16B Rosa 2016
102.60
Red



UMZWE14H Zweigelt 2013/14
66.00
UMZWE15B Zweigelt 2015
104.90
UMSLK13B St Laurent  2013
106.50
UMSLS99B St Laurent Vom Stein 1999
471.30
UMPIN13B Pinot Noir, Unter den Terrassen 2013
223.30
UMPIN11B Pinot Noir, Unter den Terrassen 2011
204.50
UMHAL11B Ried Hallebühl, Zweigelt 2011
294.80
UMBLK13B Kirschgarten, Blaufränkisch 2013
268.00
UMBLK11B Kirschgarten, Blaufränkisch 2011
232.50
Sweet



UMCBA15H  Beerenauslese, Chardonnay/Welschriesling 2015 halves 113.90

 


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. 

Red



Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
MOBLA15B Blaufränkisch, Burgenland
2015
127.00
MONEC14B Moric Reserve, Blaufränkisch
2014
202.60
MOLAR13B Lutzmannsburg Alte Reben, Blaufränkisch
2013
467.40
MONAR13B Neckenmarkt Alte Reben, Blaufränkisch
2013
467.40
Large Format bottles



MOBLA15M Blaufränkisch, Burgenland
2015 magnum 252.10
MOBLA13M Blaufränkisch, Burgenland   2013 magnum 252.10
MONEC13M Moric Reserve, Blaufränkisch   2013 magnum 429.60
MOLAR11M Lutzmannsburg Alte Reben, Blaufränkisch   2011 magnum 939.90
MONAR11M Neckenmarkt Alte Reben, Blaufränkisch   2011 magnum 939.90


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. 

Sweet



Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
HLCBA15H Beerenauslese, Chardonnay
2015
106.00
HLSTB05H Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA), Sämling 88
2005
163.10
HLMEW15H  Eiswein, Grüner Veltliner & Gelber Muskateller
2015
143.10
Older Vintages



HLSTB95H Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA), Sämling 88
1995
186.70
HLWRE97H  Essenz, Welschriesling
1997
259.20

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