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  • Decanting time

    30min
  • When to drink

    Now-2050
  • Food Pairing

    Sauteed white fish, grilled seafood & ginger and lime marinated salmon

The Story

From a geological point of view the Zöbinger Heiligenstein is not only the oldest but probably also the most interesting site of our estate.  About 20 % of our Heiligenstein vineyards are trained in a Lyra trellis system. The vine bifurcates in a way that the branches seem to reach to the heavens like sun-worshippers. This method doubles canopy exposure and favors aeration which improves photosynthesis and prevents dreaded fungus diseases. 

Vineyard (=Ried): Zöbinger Heiligenstein

Size: 36.7 ha

Elevation: 230 – 345 m

Inclination: 13 °

Orientation: South to South-West

Soil: The outcropping bedrock consists of a reddish-brown sandstone with a high feldspar content, coarse conglomerates, and minor siltstone. These sediments formed approximately 250 - 280 million years ago under arid conditions, in lakes, ponds, and ephemeral rivers. The rocks contain fossilized plants and gravels with clasts of volcanic rhyolites. Loess is only preserved in a few locations, within shallow depressions.

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 to 20° Celsius. After fermentation the wine was partly racked into big wooden casks (2.500 liters) to mature for a short period on the fine yeast.

Food pairing recommendation: Austrian cuisine, well-seasoned fish and white meat, Asian dishes, duck, exotic cuisine etc.

 

 

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95+p Robert Parker / The Wine Advocate (03/2020)

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2020
40€

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From 40-year-old vines trained in the lyra system, Bründlmayer's 2018 Riesling Zöbinger Ried Heiligenstein Lyra 1ÖTW is a true challenge at this stage, young and tight as it is. Pure, clear, fresh, precise and deeply mineral on the concentrated, lemon-scented and coolish/earthy nose, with its notes of crushed herbs, stones and ripe (white) stone fruits, this is a full-bodied, intense, round and elegant Heiligenstein with freshness, crystalline acidity and a tight structure that gives lots of tension but keeps the finesse and elegance. The finish is highly promising in its dense and concentrated, only rudimental juicy character, which is as tight and tensioned as only a very few whites from Lower Austria are. In its unapproachable but promising character, this Heiligenstein Riesling reminds me of the great South Styrian wines from Armin Tement, even though the terroir and grape variety are completely different. Although I tasted this in July 2019 and several times and from different glasses in October, it's still hard to rate this wine, which is possibly one of the greatest Heiligensteins in the era of Willy Bründlmayer.

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

Grapes

100% Riesling

Drinking temperature

10-12C

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