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    2020-2035

The Story

The Bründlmayer family owns 10 hectares on the "Zöbinger Heiligenstein". Beginning in the 1920’s, without the help of mortar wine terraces of natural stone were laid in the vineyards that now give the grapes for Riesling Heiligenstein Alte Reben. Original Riesling vines of the Heiligenstein have been bred throughout the decades by cloning and layering. Today the old vines average 50 years of age with the oldest reaching as many as 75 years.

Older vines are less productive, forming fewer and smaller grapes that profit from a well-developed root system. This root system reaches deeply into the ground and supplies its fruit with potent nourishment. Consequently, wines of these vineyards are extremely flavorful with enormous concentration.

Grape variety: Riesling

Harvest yield: 2,500 l / ha

Alcohol content: 13%

Bottle closure type: Natural cork

Maturation: We ferment the must in stainless steel at a temperature of 15-20° Celsius.

Food pairing recommendation: An excellent food companion with grilled fish, roast or fried chicken, salted or smoked meats  (but without sauerkraut!), Wiener schnitzel, or as an alternative to red wine with roast duck or goose. It’s also ideally suited to many hearty exotic dishes . After some years of maturing, it can be recommended for fish with a variety of sauces - such as beurre blanc or Riesling cream sauce.

 

VINEYARD

Ried Zöbinger Heiligenstein

Size: 36.7 ha

Elevation: 230 – 345 m

Inclination: 13 °

Orientation: South to South-West

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From vines planted between the 1920s and 1960s, the 2018 Riesling Zöbinger Ried Heiligenstein Alte Reben 1ÖTW offers a spectacular, deep and concentrated yet clear, refined and spicy bouquet of crushed stones, herbs, coffee beans and ripe bright fruits with notes of fresh lemon juice. This is a great mix of mineral purity and finesse with complexity and freshness on both nose and palate! The mouth is dense and complex, crystalline, refined and salty; the character is coolish, elegant and compact, with great precision and intensity; and the firm structure is mineral/phenolic. This old-vines Heiligenstein is a spectacular amalgam of finesse, mineral purity, crushed salts and lemons. Very long and full of promises. 13% alcohol. I tasted this several times last year: at Schloss Grafenegg, at the domain in September and over several days and from different glasses in October. Try the Zalto Universal or the corresponding glass from the Josephinenhütte.

Sometimes you need two tries to discover the greatness of a vintage. My first encounter with Willi Bründlmayer's 2018 Erste Lage wines at Schloss Grafenegg was pretty disappointing. So, I took the chance and met up with him and his estate manager Andreas Wickhoff MW, who also has a significant impact on the viticulture, harvest and winemaking. In the end, I spent several hours in the domain in Langenlois and tasted a wide range of wines, not only the white 2018s but also older vintages of the Heiligenstein, which is one of the greatest Riesling sites on planet wine for me. In fact, you won't discover the full potential of Bründlmayer's 2018 Heiligenstein selections if you don't take all the time you need and they deserve. In the end, however, you will see that there is most probably no better combination of vintage and winemaker for the Heiligenstein history than Bründlmayer's 2018s. These are world-class white wines, and they spurred me to re-taste all the other 2018 Heiligenstein Rieslings I could get the other day. And yes, there was a gap, and the gap was huge.

 

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Origin

Langenlois, Kamptal

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