88/100 Punkte Vinous Feb 2016 Whereas this year's Ott Riesling put me in mind of Grüner Veltliner, this intro-level Grüner Veltliner#more predictably for its vintage#displays a Riesling - as well as Sauvignon - like personality with its emphasis on green-herb-tinged gooseberry, lime and apple. Varietally typical notes of sweet pea, lentil and fresh spinach emerge on a sleek, buoyant palate, leading to a bright, tart-edged and invigoratingly piquant and chewy finish. All of the vineyards tapped for this (including some non-estate fruit) are now being farmed biodynamically, though some will not be certified as such for another couple of years. It's no criticism to note that the bunches for this bottling weren't quite as strictly picked clean of botrytis as those that informed Ott's two other 2014 Grüner Veltliner.
89/100 Punkte Robert Parker June 2016 Ott's 2015 Grüner Veltliner Am Berg tries to balance a crisp freshness and a vinous character. The wine - a collection of younger vines and purchased grapes - opens with an intense but discreet bouquet of white pip and stone fruits along with lemon flavors. Intense, round and aromatic on the palate, this is a pure yet densely textured Veltliner with a lovely spiciness and salinity in the finish. Excellent quality for a so called entry-level wine. Crisp in the finish.
90/100 Punkte Vinous Feb 2017 Honeydew, fennel and lily-of-the-valley on the nose are joined by crunchy evocations of cucumber and cress on a bright yet subtly creamy palate that features positively invigorating phenolic cut as well as alluring inner-mouth perfume. Ore-like, stony intrigue lies beneath the surface of a buoyant, consummately refreshing finish. And this harmonious ripeness was ready for picking in mid-September, for a finished alcohol level of only 11.8 percent. Ott continues to purchase some fruit for this bottling from parcels whose organic farming and eventual harvest he oversees, though his goal for the near future is to rely only on vines he owns or rents.
90/100 Punkte Robert Parker Jun 2016 The 2015 Grüner Veltliner Fass 4 is sourced from the medium parts of the Hengstberg hill and includes parcels from Engabrunn, Feuersbrunn, Gösing and Fels and is almost completely sold for catering. Very clear and precise in its attractive white-fruit aromas and also pretty deep and gently spicy on the nose, this is a lean but mineral and lovely juicy Veltliner with a precise and elegant, salty and stimulating finish. This is a beauty of finesse and elegance. All the musts were fermented separately and assembled in February. This cuvée was bottled in April. Very precise and elegant, but also sensually juicy and round.
91/100 Punkte Vinous Feb 2017 Honeydew melon, pear, lime and fennel inform the nose and soothing, buoyant but glycerol-rich palate. Lushly textured and ripe in flavor though this is, it delivers delightful refreshment and energy on a finish that also boasts admirable transparency to shifting nuances of lentil, hazelnut, pear seed, mineral salts and iodine.
92/100 Punkte Falstaff Weinguide 2014/15 Mit feiner Kräuterwürze und einem Hauch von Nougat unterlegte Kirschenfrucht, etwas nach Zwetschgen, tabakiger Touch. Komplex, engmaschige Textur, feine Extraktsüsse, seidige Tannine, schokoladiger Touch, mineralische Note im Abgang, gute Länge.
92/100 Punkte Falstaff Rotweinguide 2016 Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Mit zarter Kräuternote und etwas Nougat unterlegtes schwarzes Beerenkonfit, Nuancen von Brombeeren, tabakige Nuancen. Saftig, elegante Textur, feine Tannine, frisch strukturiert, Brombeerkonfit und Zwetschken im Nachhall, bereits zugänglich.
93-95/100 Punkte Falstaff Weinguide 2013 Dunkles Rubingranat, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Zart mit Wacholder- und Lorbeernoten unterlegte schwarze Beerenfrucht, tabakige Nuancen, dunkle Mineralik. Straff und engmaschig, feine rote Frucht, präsente Tannine, die gut eingebunden sind, wirkt sehr leichtfüßig, extraktreiche Länge, sehr balanciert und frisch, delikat und lagerfähig.
92+/100 Punkte Robert Paker June 2016 A bit lighter in color than the corresponding 2009, the garnet-red 2011 Jagini Zagersdorf opens pure, ripe and rich, but with precision and intensity. Full-bodied, mouth-filling, powerful and intense, but with a bit more finesse than 2009. Very long and with tension. I have to add, though, that the 2011, as well as the 2009, have significantly lost precision and freshness overnight on both nose and palate, whereas the finish was still fresh and tension-filled. Drink it quickly, as a 94-pointer which seems definitely more fun. I should also add that I did not have the same experience before and left the tasting table with a big question mark.
92+/100 Punkte Robert Parker Jun 2016 The dark cherry-colored Blaufränkisch 2009 Jagini Zagersdorf is a coproduction of Roland Velich (Moric) and Hannes Schuster (Rosi Schuster). The wine opens with a nobly intense and fine-meshed dark and red fruit, cassis and plummy aroma intermixed with meat, graphite, earthy and tobacco notes. Intense and silky on the palate, this is a mouthful of rich and juicy, powerful but precise, fresh, round and elegant Blaufränkisch with lots of meaty concentration and nice tension. This 2009 is really fresh and silky, but seems to be bloody young, although there is a light and irritating oxidation.
95/100 Punkte Falstaff Österreichs beste Rotweine Dunkles Rubingranat, violette Reflexe, breiterer Wasserrand. Mit feiner Schieferwürze unterlegte dunkle Beerenfrucht, zarte florale Nuancen, ein Hauch von Nougat und Zwetschken, mineralischer Touch. Elegant, saftig, feine Kirschenfrucht, gut integrierte Tannine, finessenreicher Säurebogen, bereits sehr harmonisch, trinkanimierender, zugänglicher Stil.
93/100 Punkte vinous Sep 2015 Dark ruby. Elegant nose exudes a delicate blackberry scent along with clove, orange peel and wild herbs. Concentrated, ripe and powerful, with boysenberry fruit enlivened by a refreshing acid structure, the 2012 Perwolff finishes with abundant but sweet and ripe tannins and very good length. This is the first time this wine has been bottled as a single-variety Blaufränkisch. It is a blend of fruit from five different vineyards matured in new oak--and potentially the best Perwolff I have ever tasted.
95/100 Punkte James Suckling Nearly perfect integration of spicy oak and herbal notes is followed by freshness and considerable flesh on the palate, making this an impressive wine. The tannins then come through in a great wave at the finish.