Brundlmayer Riesling Zobinger Heiligenstein Lyra 2018

Brundlmayer Riesling Zobinger Heiligenstein Lyra 2018

 

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Brundlmayer
Riesling Zobinger Heiligenstein Lyra 2018
  • Vintage : 2018
  • Country : Austria
  • Region : Kamptal
  • Subregion
  • Type : White
  • Style Medium Bodied Aromatic Dry
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 13°
  • Grappes : 100% Riesling

A deep fragrance of passion fruit, yuzu citrus and peppermint radiates freshness and vitality and yet immediately drives deep. Highly elegant and distinguished, full of fruit charm and esprit, fills the mouth with bright aromas. Focused and complex all the way into the long finish. Extraordinary ageing potential.

Experts Score Vintage
RP Robert Parker 95 2018
JS James Suckling 94 2018
WE Wine Enthusiast 95 2016
More information on wine critics and ratings

The Bründlmayer family owns 12 hectares right in the center of the Zöbinger Heiligenstein. 10.5 hectares are planted with Riesling, the remainder for experimental purposes with Cabernet (mostly Cabernet Franc).

From a geological point of view the Zöbinger Heiligenstein site is not only the oldest but probably also the most interesting on our estate: the soil consists of approximately 270 Mio years old Perm desert sandstone. The sediments contain volcanic inclusions and carbonized remains of primeval vegetation. The uniqueness of this soil, its perfect gradient and position (SW to SE in a climatic borderland) provide ideal preconditions for growing outstanding wines. During the day warm winds (often due to the effects of the Pannonian climate) mount along the site whereas by nightfall cool gusts from the north start blowing through the Kamp Valley and bring forward the aromatic expression of the grapes.

About 20% of our Heiligenstein vineyards are trained in a Lyre trellis system. The vine bifurcates in a way that the branches seem to reach to the heavens like sun-worshippers. This method doubles canopy exposure and favors aeration which improves photosynthesis and prevents dreaded fungus diseases. Yields are restricted by rigorous thinning and although harvest started late only healthy berries without botrytis were brought in. These techniques result in increasing the quality of grapes to show a similar intensity as those deriving from old vines.
We ferment the must in stainless steel at a temperature of 15 to 20° C. After fermentation, the wine matures on the lees till bottling in summer.

Tasting Note: A deep fragrance of passion fruit, yuzu citrus and peppermint radiates freshness and vitality and yet immediately drives deep. Highly elegant and distinguished, full of fruit charm and esprit, fills the mouth with bright aromas. Focused and complex all the way into the long finish. Extraordinary ageing potential.

Robert Parker (RP) : 95 Points (2018)
rom 40-year-old vines trained in the lyra system, Bründlmayer's 2018 Riesling Zöbinger Ried Heiligenstein Lyra 1ÖTW is a true challenge at this stage, young and tight as it is. Pure, clear, fresh, precise and deeply mineral on the concentrated, lemon-scented and coolish/earthy nose, with its notes of crushed herbs, stones and ripe (white) stone fruits, this is a full-bodied, intense, round and elegant Heiligenstein with freshness, crystalline acidity and a tight structure that gives lots of tension but keeps the finesse and elegance. The finish is highly promising in its dense and concentrated, only rudimental juicy character, which is as tight and tensioned as only a very few whites from Lower Austria are. In its unapproachable but promising character, this Heiligenstein Riesling reminds me of the great South Styrian wines from Armin Tement, even though the terroir and grape variety are completely different. Although I tasted this in July 2019 and several times and from different glasses in October, it's still hard to rate this wine, which is possibly one of the greatest Heiligensteins in the era of Willy Bründlmayer. Rating: 95+

James Suckling (JS) : 94 Points (2018)
Attractive aromas and flavors of lime, green apple and some pear and just a hint of steel and mineral. Light herbs. Very subtle. It’s medium-bodied, creamy and bright. Very long and tight. Drinkable now, but needs three to four years [from 2020] to open.

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 95 Points (2016)
A smoky touch of reduction still hovers on the nose of this wine. Underneath, apple freshness with an earthy, leesy touch and lots of lemon notes spreads across the linear palate. This needs time to unfurl but will do so beautifully. The finish is dry and long and has a wonderfully pure, almost transcendent lemon note. Drink 2020–2030.

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Brundlmayer Riesling Zobinger Heiligenstein Lyra 2018 Reviewed by Robert Parker 23-04-2021 . Score: 4