92-93/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 31, 2017 The 2016 Ried Steinertal Grüner Veltliner Smaragd is from the coolest Grüner Veltliner single vineyard of the Pichler family, with sandy gneiss and granite soils. The 2016 opens with a clear and fresh but also intense fruit aroma that is still a bit discreet on the nose. The attack on the palate is really fresh and piquant due to remarkable acidity. The wine is pure and mineral, shows a good phenolic grip and reveals white fruit aromas like yellow-skinned apples. The finish is clear, fresh and grippy and shows some attractive crispy fruit flavors. This is a lean, elegant, well balanced, medium to full-bodied Grüner Veltliner with less than 13% alcohol. Tasted as a sample in early July 2017. Scheduled for bottling in late July 2017.
96/100 Punkte James Suckling A stunning mirabelle, herbal and flinty nose that's as intense as it is delicate. The muscular leanness of a long-distance runner combined with enormous minerality make this a very special grüner veltliner with an extremely long, exciting finish. You could drink it now, but this will age for at least a couple of decades.
91-92/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2017 Coming from gneiss soils covered with white and red sand and finally loess, the 2016 Engabrunner Stein 1ÖTW is Ott's one and only Kamptal Grüner Veltliner. Intensely citrus-colored, the wine opens with a clear and flinty bouquet of perfectly ripe white fruits and exciting citrus aromas. Round, finessed and elegant on the palate, this is a full-bodied, complex and mineral Veltliner with intense and lingering fruit aromas that are almost tropical. Although the 2016 is a bit too sweet for my taste, and also lunch or dinner, it is well structured due to the fine acidity and perfectly integrated minerality. Mind, though, that as soon as the CO2 has disappeared, the wine will taste sweeter than in the beginning. Tasted as a sample at Schloss Gobelsburg in July 2017.
95/100 Punkte James Suckling A very distinctive grüner veltliner from the flinty nose through the sleek and sinuous body to the intensely mineral finish. Made from biodynamically-grown grapes. Drink now. Screw cap.
92/100 Punkte Wine Spectator, Sept 2018 This muscular red offers loamy earth, bitter chocolate and soy sauce notes that impart a savory character, with a core of blackberry and currant flavors, powered by racy acidity that yields to a floral, spicy finish. Best from 2020 through 2030.
93-95/100 Punkte Robert Parker June 2016 From gneiss soils covered with white and red sand and finally loess, the 2015 Engabrunner Stein 1ÖTW Grüner Veltliner is a very clear, deep and flinty flavored wine with superripe white-fruit aromas on the nose. Rich and elegant on the palate. this is a generously fruity but precise and tension-filled Veltliner with a lush texture and a precisely mineral piquancy in the pure and salty finish. An impressive Veltliner full of grip and aging potential. Due to hail damage yields were very, very low in 2015 and only 4'000 liters of the 2015 Stein have been bottled from 5.25 hectares of vines. It was the deadline day of this issue (June 3) when I got the chance to taste the 2015s of Mister Veltliner Bernhard Ott, one of the leading wine estates in the Wagram region, if not the whole Danube valley. These wines, especially the grands crus or Erste Lage wines from Grüner Veltliner (indicated on the label as 1ÖTW), are the greatest wines Ott has bott
91+/100 Punkte Robert Parker Feb 2018 The one white (so far) is the 2015 Horizonte de Exopto Blanco, produced with grapes from the scattered white vines intermixed with the reds in the old vineyards they work in Ábalos (12 different plots), usually in the poorer soils to balance yields. It's produced in a slightly oxidative way with a majority of Viura, 10% Garnacha Blanca and 5% Malvasía Riojana along with some other white varieties, all fermented together. Fermentation started in stainless steel without added yeasts and finished in barriques with an élevage of 12 months in contact with the lees, which were stirred during the first six months in barrel. There are some citrus and caramel aromas with good ripeness, and in a warmer and more Mediterranean vintage like 2015, it goes through malolactic, so the style of cooler years (2013, 2014, 2016) and warmer years is different. Here, there is more volume and more texture, but to keep the austerity of the soils, they look for freshne
91/100 Punkte Vinous, May 2017 (fermented and aged on its lees for a year in neutral French oak barrels) Light bright gold. Ripe tangerine, pear, tarragon and toasty lees on the nose, lifted by a hint of minerality. Dry and focused on the palate, offering concentrated orchard and citrus fruit, honey and buttered toast flavors and a subtle touch of honeysuckle. Closes smoky, tight and long, leaving a suave floral note behind.
87+/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Jan 31, 2017 Coming from a south-facing, 60-are vineyard on deep marl soils situated at 420 meters above sea level, the 2015 Pinot Blanc opens with ripe tropical fruit aromas intermixed with new oak and stirred yeast flavors. Fermented in stainless steel and oak vats, but aged in new and used barriques until the bottling in May, this is a full-bodied, round and very aromatic Pinot Blanc; it has a smooth acidity and an elegant texture. The 2015 is still made-up and lacks the purity and finessed freshness of a great wine, but the round and smooth-textured mouthfeel will be really pleasant for many consumers. The finish reveals a good grip and salinity, so the wine may improve with bottle age.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker Dec 2017 Entirely from old vines in the Hallgartener Jungfer and macerated for 30 to 36 hours prior to the fermentation and aging in 600-liter Halbstück vats, the 2015 Rheingau Riesling Trocken "Revoluzzer" opens with an intense, fresh and concentrated bouquet of ripe, tropical fruits intermixed with smoky/mineral and discreet oaky flavors. Despite its ripeness and richness, the "Revoluzzer" (revolutionist) is quite pure and elegant on the complex nose. On the palate, this is a full-bodied, rich and elegant but also fresh and tensioned Riesling with oaky and herbal flavors. It is tightly structured but well balanced and salty-vital in the finish, which reveals a juicy Riesling with chalky/mealy tannins and lingering salinity. It's a bit of a Burgundian Rheingau Riesling, if you so will. This has 13.5% alcohol. The acidity (no malic) is significantly lower than in the other Rieslings but ripe and vital. Bottled in September 2016 (screwcap), tasted in Nov
91/100 Punkte James Suckling, July 2017 This village wine (Hargardun is the old name for the village of Hallgarten) is brimming with lemon and ripe apple flavors, the palate at once juicy and racy. The finish is very fresh and seriously mineral. Drink through 2022.