91/100 Punkte Wine Spectator, Nov 15, 2018 This graceful red exhibits fresh acidity that cuts through the dense flavors of plum, blackberry and wild herbs. Features soft, well-integrated tannins, which are focused by the acidity. The spicy, mouthwatering finish expands over the palate and invites you for another sip. Drink now through 2024.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 31, 2017 The 2015 Grassnitzberg Sauvignon Blanc#marketed as premier cru (1STK)#has an intense citrus color and opens with a dense, aromatic bouquet that intermixes ripe and concentrated lemon (zest) aromas with flavors of crushed stones. Very complex and promising! Full-bodied, rich and round on the palate, this is a dense, well structured and expressive Sauvignon Blanc with reduced fruit aromatics but a beautiful sur-lie texture from the long lees aging. The wine is highly elegant and finessed and has a hidden complexity that is expressed through a persistent mineral taste and structure that comes with grip#like a river transporting rolling stones over your palate. This is a great and elegant wine that can compete with the finest Sancerres. It comes from shell limestone soils and a warm, protected terroir whose hillside faces south/southeast.
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker October 2018 From the family's very first vineyard, which was cultivated by Armin Tement's grandparents, the 2016 Ried Grassnitzberg Sauvignon Blanc is pure, fresh and coolish on the nose. Since Tement gives this the same amount of attention as the Zieregg, the quality continues to rise from year to year. The 2016 was fermented and aged for one year in 25-year-old 3,000- and 4,000-liter oak barrels and spent another two months in stainless steel. The nose is just beautiful in its coolish, leafy, refreshing, greenish and mineral character (pure coral chalk), with white currant and floral aromas. On the palate, this is a very elegant wine with salt, grip and tension, reminding me of a fine Sancerre (from the Clos de Beaujeu perhaps). In a blind tasting, I would guess without a doubt it was a Sancerre. The finish is pure, fresh and salty, revealing great elegance and finesse. Tasted June 2018.
91-92/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2017 The 2016 Feuersbrunner Spiegel 1ÖTW is a Grüner Veltliner that opens with a clear and intense, very attractive tropical fruit aroma of mango and passion fruit with some spicy stony aromas. Fresh, round and piquant on the palate, this is a well structured and juicy Veltliner with a stimulatingly pure, salty and refreshing finish. The aftertaste is long and very aromatic again and reveals the full body again without being overloaded. It is a delicious Spiegel with a long and tensioned, clear, almost dry, well structured finish. I tasted this enormously stimulating 2016 as a sample at Schloss Gobelsburg in July 2017.
95/100 Punkte James Suckling I love the cool and minty nose, which is followed by a very elegant and concentrated palate with understated power that ends in a firework display of herbs and minerals. A great grüner veltliner from Bernhard Ott that will be better from 2018. Screw cap.
94-96/100 Punkte Falstaff Weinguide 2018/19 Mittleres Grüngelb, Silberreflexe. Zart rauchig-kräuterwürzig unterlegte gelbe Tropenfrucht, ein Hauch von Ananas und Mango, zarte Nuancen von frischen Mandarinenzesten. Stoffig, feine weiße Frucht, straff und lebendig, angenehme Extraktsüße, finessenreiche Struktur, tolle Länge, sehr gutes Zukunftspotenzial.
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker December 2018 Picked on September 28, Ott's 2017 Grüner Veltliner Ried Feuersbrunner Spiegel 1ÖTW is very clear, subtle and elegant on the distinctive nose. In early September 2018, the nose displayed white stone fruits intertwined with refreshing, refining gravelly and floral notes. Later that month, the wine showed tropical notes on the intensely fruity, elegant, sexy nose. Full-bodied, rich and dense on the palate, with intense, lush, concentrated fruit and vitalizing, fine acidity, this is a very persistent and powerful Veltliner with a very long, forward, mineral and tensioned finish. This is a powerful but elegant giant and needs time to gain finesse and transparency. The elegance here, however, is remarkable. Tasted twice in early and late September 2018.
95/100 Punkte James Suckling, October 2018 Tons of white pepper, but also lemon zest and licorice. Great freshness for the vintage. Dense but only medium-full palate and a very long, mineral finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Respekt certified. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
96+/100 Punkte Robert Parker October 2018 The intensely yellow colored 2016 Ried Zieregg Sauvignon Blanc is incredibly deep, intense and spicy on the ripe, concentrated and fresh nose that intertwines vegetal and chalky notes with spicy and coolish fruit flavors (gooseberries, black cassis). On the palate, the wine is silky textured, dense and concentrated yet tight, refined and elegant, showing gorgeous bitters (grapefruit) in the long, promising finish, though it's still a bit closed. Armin Tement believes it is the finest Zieregg the domain has ever produced, and I agree with that. If it is also the greatest, I can't yet tell, but I'll let you know as soon as I know it. Tasted June 2018.