Schloss Gobelsburg, Ried Heiligenstein 1 ÖTW, Erste Lage, Kamptal, Austria, 2017
Although I have chosen to highlight the 2017 vintage of this great Riesling from Kamptal’s Heiligenstein vineyard, crafted so expertly by Schloss Gobelsburg, the younger 2018 sample, or indeed older 2016 one, were also amazing Rieslings.
It’s just that I like the 2017 vintage expression the most, as it showed an extra layer of concentration and honeyed depth, with wonderful characters that were reminiscent of Sauternes, but without the sweetness.
What the judges said:
A delicious and intense dry Riesling with an oily texture, an intense honeyed taste suggestive of the inclusion of botrytis-infect grapes, along with a touch of late-harvest raisin-like fruit, wax, peach and pineapple. The wine then finishes dry, clean, fresh, a touch grippy with a lovely lemon zest lift that just lasts and lasts and lasts.
Price: Approx £40