AUSLESE GRÜNER VELTLINER
Sweet wine is one of the estate’s specialities. Because of the Danube region’s dry continental climate, large quantities of grapes infected with noble rot (Botrytis) is a rare occurrence indeed.
But when there is Botrytis in sufficient quantities, we select the infected berries and bunches from the vineyards very carefully, and then separate the grapes in a second selection process for Auslese, Beerenauslese or Trockenbeerenauslese wines.
AWARDS & TASTING NOTES
BLIND TASTED BY ANDREAS LARSSON: Rating 94
Bright medium deep golden colour. Pure and floral nose with candied ginger, lemongrass, herbs and yellow fruit. The palate has a very fine flavour intensity and balance between sugar/acidity, layers of tropical fruit with a fine spiciness and a very long, bright and enjoyable finish. Really digest and complex.
Cask sample: Some scents of wild honey and black bread on the nose. Very rich and complex. A nice vibrating tension; very muscular on the palate, fleshy and seductive; extremely clean fruit flavours. The cedar and peppery spice of the Veltliner is perfectly preserved – lengthy, and flawless and ideal for ageing.
PARKER: Rating 89
Moosbrugger’s 2012 Gruner Veltliner Auslese delivers a lovely nose of pea tendrils, almond paste, quince preserves, nutmeg and lemon candy, anticipating the flavors displayed on a soft, creamy and ultimately soothing palate of only modest sweetness. Low-key and low-energy though it is, this offers considerable satisfaction and should continue to do so through at least 2020. Moosbrugger reports that in order to arrest the fermentation in this small lot he simply rolled the barrel full of it out into the winter weather.