Monday 9 October 2017

Lunch Tasting With Thomas Klinger From Weingut Bründlmayer

It was three years since I last met Thomas Klinger from Weingut Bründlmayer. It is always a treat to taste the wines from this estate and listen to Thomas energetic, fun, vivacious stories about Austrian wine making, Erste Lagen, vintages and much more.
It was also Thomas birthday so we sang Happy Birthday for him :-)
Thanks to Vinunic for the invitation!
(my phone died just a half hour in the tasting, hence the few pics)

Tasting with Thomas in 2014
Tasting with Thomas in 2013

Bründlmayer Brut
We started with the Bründlmayer Brut, a wine made out of 40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Grûner Veltliner. The nose is light and fresh with cool notes of herbs and chrushed rocks.
The taste is tight and dry woth notes of lemon zest, wet stones and grey pears. Very good.
87p   (tasted 2017/10)

2016 Langenloiser Grüner Veltliner
Thomas described 2016 as an acidic driven vintage and that showed in the 16´s we tasted. The Langenloiser Grüner has a flowery nose with notes of pears, star fruit and gravel.
The taste is dry and seedy with a high acidity and a long, easy going, easy drinking character.
87p   (tasted 2017/10)

2015 Loiser Berg Erste Lage Grüner Veltliner
A fine, deep, laid back nose with a hint of lemon licorice and ripe flowers. Delicious.
The taste has a nice mouthfeel to it with grapefruit, flowers and gravel. Very fine.
90p   (tasted 2017/10)

2016 Alte Reben Grüner Veltliner
A spicy, cool nose with an interesting mix of lemon peel and hairspray! Good.
The taste is linear and seedy with notes of lime, bitter almonds and chrushed rocks. A very high acidity that dominates the finish.
86p   (tasted 2017/10)

2015 Alte Reben Grüner Veltliner
The 15 Alte Reben is a different creature, with an open, deep nose with notes of red apples, summer flowers and spices. Very, very good.
The taste is high and pure with a great balance between acidity and fruit. A fine structure. Long. Very fine.
91p   (tasted 2017/10)

2016 Zöbinger Heiligenstein Erste Lage Riesling
The first Riesling poured in this mini vertical of Zöbinger Heiligenstein has a cool, fresh nose with notes of grey pears, slate and a touch of seafish shells. Very good.
The taste is elegant and fine with - again - a high acidity but in this wine it is fitting and balances the lemon and white flower fruit.
89p   (tasted 2017/10)

2014 Zöbinger Heiligenstein Erste Lage Riesling
A cool, stony nose with a hint of maturity and notes of dried flowers, cap gun smoke and a hint of passion fruit. Very fine.
The taste is refined and dry with notes of lemon peel, chalk, smoke and a hint of diesel oil. Long and rewarding. Very, very good.
91p   (tasted 2017/10)

2012 Zöbinger Heiligenstein Erste Lage Riesling
The 12 Heiligenstein has a low keyed nose with notes of not yet ripe pears, dried up petrol and dried herbs.
The taste is stony and dry with a anemic character, dry lemon fruit and a medium long finish.
85p   (tasted 2017/10)

1988 Zöbinger Heiligenstein Kabinet Riesling
A mature, deep, lovely nose with notes of dried apriocts, lemon licorice, minerals and a petrol station in a distance. A very fine maturity. Complex.
The taste is soft and mature yet with a fine intensity and notes of dried flowers, apricots and warm rocks. Long and fine.
90p   (tasted 2017/10)

2015 Zweigelt Reserve
A big, fruity nose with notes of ripe blueberries, raspberries, iron and smoke. Very good in a direct sort of way.
The taste is tight and bold with a mix of blueberries and raspberry with iron, earth and rocks tossed in. Very, very good.
88p   (tasted 2017/10)

2014 Blauburgunder Dechant
A very fine, spicy, cool nose with notes of wild strawberries, rosehips and forest floor. A Chambolle-Musigny feeling about it. Very fine.
The taste is handsome and elegant with notes of strawberries, spices, ldry icorice and dusty earth. Very fine.
91p   (tasted 2017/10)

2015 Pinot Noir
A deep, warm nose with notes of raspberries, Christmas spices, red plums and moist earth. A fine, funky scent.
The taste is warm and for a Pinot rather full bodied with notes of raspberries, hot spices and licorice. A long finish with a fine warmth.
88p   (tasted 2017/10)

2013 Heiligenstein Riesling Beerenauslese
A deep, sweet, inviting nose with notes of pine apple, lavender honey, rain wet stones and botrytis (even though Thomas said that there were none in this vintage). A salty scent. Very fine.
The taste is sweet and yummy with complexity and structure and gorgeous notes of apricots, pine apple and Finnish marmelade candy. A long, balanced finish that ends semi dry.
92p   (tasted 2017/10)

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