91/100 Punkte Fallstaff, Juli 2020 Helles Gelbgrün, Silberreflexe. Blütenhonig unterlegt reife Apfelfrucht, zart nach Quitte, Kräuternoten. Saftig, elegant, eingebundener Säurebogen, tabakig, Apfelnoten im Abgang, bereits gut antrinkbar.
92/100 Punkte James Suckling, September 2020 A layered, fruity white with a tight palate of dried pear, apple and some lemon. Minerally undertone. It#s full-bodied, yet tight and focused. Lovely citrusy undertone to this. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. Screw cap.
97/100 Punkte James Suckling, September 2020 Enormously ripe with a ton of apricot and exotic-fruit coulis. Although this is a giant gruner veltliner with staggering concentration and some creaminess, it remains so focused and precise with a very long, clean finish. This is one you can put away in the cellar for many, many years. Drink or hold.
96/100 Punkte James Suckling, September 2020 All the depth and power of this very warm site, but it#s diamond-bright. Tons of pipe tobacco and just a whisker of exotic fruit, but not the slightest hint of opulence, thanks to the lively acidity. Deep and complex, spicy finish. Drink or hold.
98/100 Punkte James Suckling, September 2020 Very full-bodied with Grand Cru Burgundy-like personality, but there#s still only a hint of exotic fruit. The tannin-mineral-acidity structure is really extraordinary, because not only does it give the wine such sharp contours, but it also provides a very clean, intense finish. Drink or hold.
94/100 Punkte Fallstaff, Juli 2020 Mittleres Gelbgrün, Silberreflexe. Zart rauchig-mineralisch unterlegte feine gelbe Apfelfrucht, ein Hauch von Orangenzesten und Mango, tabakige Nuancen. Straff, engmaschig, weißes Kernobst, feiner Säurebogen, salzig und anhaftend, dezente Extraktsüße im Abgang, ein stoffiger Speisenbegleiter.
96/100 Punkte James Suckling, September 2020 Super cool in every sense of the word, also thanks to the wonderful herbal complexity and very elegant balance. So bright, pure and precise, in spite of the considerable mineral power. Great aging potential. Drink or hold.
96-98/100 Punkte Fallstaff, Juli 2020 Mittleres Grüngelb, Silberreflexe. Frische Apfelfrucht, zart nach Mango und feinem Blütenhonig, tabakig unterlegte Kräuterwürze im Hintergrund. Stoffig, kraftvoll, extraktsüße Textur, reife Honigmelone, feiner Säurebogen, elegant und gut anhaftend, mineralischer Abgang, sicheres Reifepotenzial für viele Jahre.
98/100 Punkte James Suckling, September 2020 So deep, yet so bright. So concentrated, yet so light on its feet, thanks to the miraculous balance between power and enough freshness to animate all the exotic-fruit and spicy character (think fresh mango chutney). Enormous depth at the finish. Only just beginning to show its paces. Drink or hold.
99/100 Punkte Fallstaff, Juli 2020 Helles Gelbgrün, Silberreflexe. Facettenreiches gelbes Tropenfruchtbukett, Mandarinenzesten und Blütenhonig, mineralisch unterlegt. Komplex, extraktsüß, feiner Pfirsichtouch, präzise Mineralität, straffe Säurestruktur, salzig und anhaftend, besitzt große Präzision und Länge, helle Frucht im Nachhall, enormes Reifepotenzial, pikanter Abgang.
100/100 Punkte James Suckling, September 2020 An extraordinary dry riesling with a breathtaking interplay of extremely concentrated, peachy fruit and lightning-bright minerality. But the most amazing thing about it is the impression of weightlessness that goes right through the wine into the delicate finish. Drink or hold.
92+/100 Punkte Robert Parker, March 2020 From 60+-year-old vines, Ott's 2018 Grüner Veltliner Ried Feuersbrunner Rosenberg 1ÖTW is deep, pure and fresh but also ripe and yeasty on the precisely mineral and iodine-scented nose. Round, lush and intense on the densely textured palate, this is a full-bodied, rich and powerful yet refreshing Veltliner with a hint of caramel on the finish but even more salts and tension. This has a terroir-driven soul but is also characterized by the warm vintage. The Rosenberg is not really massive but truly rich and powerful. The grapes were picked very early, but in contrast to other producers, there are no hints of unripeness or drying phenols. Tasted at Schloss Grafenegg in September 2019 and in my home office in December.
94/100 Punkte James Suckling, Dezember 2019 Aromas of fresh grasses, herbs and spiced apple lead to a gently flinty palate that has quite a succulent texture. Apple and lemon flavors provide a fresh finish. Very pure, ethereal textural quality here. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
96-98+/100 Punkte Robert Parker, March 2020 Tasted as a barrel sample in September, the 2018 Grüner Veltliner Unendlich is terribly pure and mineral on the nose. Based on the fruits of predominantly Kellerberg and Liebenberg with about 10% of Kollmütz (which is not part of the 2017), the bouquet is clear, fresh and flinty, very deep and mineral, with aromas of white-pepper berries. Rich and fruity on the palate, this is a powerful but also finessed and elegant Veltliner with still a lot of bitters. The 2018 will be aged on the lees for another eight months and will gain finesse. Tasted at the domain in September 2019.
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker, March 2020 The 2018 Ried Kellerberg Grüner Veltliner Smaragd is coolish, fresh and deep on the flinty and stony as well herbal nose with its tobacco flavors. Complex as always. Full-bodied, rich and elegant on the palate, this is a structured, spicy-piquant, tannic and very mineral Veltliner with a long and complex, tightly woven and unique finish. This is a great, slowly developing Veltliner with remarkable elegance, finesse and mineral freshness. Quite powerful on the aftertaste. Bottled in August 2019 and tasted at the domain in September.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2019 The most approachable of the reds is the young 2018 Les Crestes, produced with fruit from their younger vines. The fact that this is mostly Garnacha also adds to the (relative) lightness and drinkability in a cool-ish year like 2018, and it has more red fruit and fantastic freshness, with fine tannins and very integrated oak. It was bottled in June 2019 after eight months in French oak barrels.
93-94/100 Punkte Robert Parker Feb 2020 The 2018 Malanser Pinot Noir Selvenen is from a plot planted with younger French clones and 52-year-old Swiss vines. Compared to the Fidler and the Michel, this is another world in terms of flavors and texture. The Selvenen is far behind in its development to those and opens with a deep, pure and spicy, darker-toned and more toasty bouquet of black cherries and crushed black pepper. Silky, round and elegant on the palate, this is a full-bodied, intense, even juicy but tightly structured Pinot with a ripe fruit complex and firm tannins that possibly also come from the oak barrels that are still present here. The finish is tight, concentrated and very long, revealing tension, energy and a stormy youth. Tasted as a sample in February 2020.
90-91+/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Feb 2020 Fröhich's 2018 Pinot Noir has a deep, pure and aromatic yet fine, fresh and pretty natural bouquet that indicates a low dose of added sulfur and fruit-conserving cold maceration. It is intense, lush, pure and even salty on the palate, with a powerful but elegant and very aromatic yet precise finish. The wine is textured and generous and also powerful in a positive way. This is absolutely remarkable and full of energy. 13.6% alcohol. Tasted as a barrel sample in December 2019.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker, March 2020 The 2018 Ried Steinertal Riesling Smaragd is terribly coolish, precise and fresh on the clear and reductive nose, with white peach and raspberry aromas. From sandy, weathered bedrock soils, this is an elegant, lush and very precise and structured Riesling with stimulating phenolic grip and tension on the finish. This is an excellent Riesling from the Wachau. Tasted at the domain in September 2019.
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker, March 2020 The 2018 Ried Kellerberg Riesling Smaragd opens with an intensely fruity but coolish, piquant and spicy bouquet of crushed stones, potted ginger and other veggies. Very clear and precise. Lush and intense on the palate, with a remarkably vivacious acidity, this is a dense and concentrated, quite rich and fleshy but refined and very elegant as well as refreshing Kellerberg with good phenolic grip on the finish. Tasted at the domain in September 2019.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker, March 2020 The 2018 Ried Loibenberg Riesling Smaragd is clear, ripe and elegant on the nose, with ripe and lush apricot, mango and very fine flinty aromas. On the palate, this is a ripe, round and charming Riesling with a full body, rich extract and mouth-filling palate. More compote than fresh and coolish fruit aromas here. Tasted at the domain in September 2019.