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The wines of Bründlmayer, Kamptal, Austria

Weingut Bründlmayer, Zwettlerstrasse 23, A-3550 Langenlois, Austria
Phone: +43 (0)2734 21720 Fax: +43 (0)2734 3748
E-mail: weingut@bruendlmayer.at Website: www.bruendlmayer.com

I'm generally quite a fan of Austrian whites, and if you aren't familiar with them, Bründlmayer is a good producer to start with. It's a family-owned estate with around 60 ha of vines around the town of Langenlois in Austria’s Kamptal. Willi Bründlmayer has managed the estate since 1980. Quality is high and both the Grüner Veltliners and the Rieslings are recommended. As with other Austrian wines the UK availability isn’t great: try www.wine-searcher.com or contact UK agents Richards Walford for more information (01780 460 451).

Grüner Veltliner Langenloiser Burg-Vogelsang 2001
Quite a fresh, fruity nose with an attractive herby edge. Nice texture on the dry palate which is quite savoury with good intensity and a peppery edge. Very good+

Grüner Veltliner Alte Reben 2000
Made from 50 year old vines, fermented in old 300 litre barrels and then transferred to 2500 litre casks. Subtle, gently herbal nose with some peppery notes. The palate displays a good density of savoury fruit. Very dry with good concentration and a nice spicy finish. Very good+

Grüner Veltliner Ried Käferberg 2000 Langenlois, Kamptal, Austria
From a vineyard with clay soil, and harvested late, this impressive Gruner Veltliner weighs in at a heady 15% alcohol. The nose shows lovely ripe, sweet herbal fruit with a lemony lift. The palate is rich textured and complex, with a spicy finish and a lovely fat texture. Very full bodied and finishes dry. Very good/excellent

Riesling Langenloiser Steinmassel 2001
Lovely rich expressive nose showing spicy citrus fruit: quite perfumed. Good acidity on the crisp, savoury palate which has a good density of savoury fruit. Very dry. Very good/excellent

Riesling Zöbinger Heiligenstein 2000
Lovely sweet perfumed nose with limey, floral notes and a touch of honey. Rich, sweet lime-edged palate. Delicious stuff: very complex, and with some sweetness on the finish even though this is a dry style. Very good/excellent

Riesling Zöbinger Heiligenstein Alte Reben 2000
From 50 year old vines. Knockout sweet perfumed nose is very complex and leads to a concentrated palate that’s nicely poised, displaying sweet limey fruit and balancing acidity. A delicious, expressive Riesling that is still nicely poised despite its size. Some sweetness but finishes dry. Very good/excellent

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wines tasted May 2002; article posted October 2002