This KAMPTAL Riesling comes mostly from vineyards less than 15 years old on the Gaisberg und Heiligenstein slopes.
Young vines tend to yield more grapes and are not so deeply rooted that they can represent the clear character of the soil. Therefore, the varietal character stands out more here; less so the character of the vineyard.
AWARDS & TASTING NOTES
WINE SPECTATOR Austria´s Appeal 11/2018: Rating 93
WINE ADVOCATE/Robert Parker: Rating 85
The 2015 Riesling Schlossgut Gobelsburg displays a very clear and fresh bouquet with a brilliant white stone fruit and apricot aroma, along with a nice stony flavor. Light and piquant on the palate, with a crisp Riesling fruit and the piquancy of the Danube terraces, this is a straight Riesling classic that’s easy to drink with or with our food.
VINOUS/David Schildknecht: Rating 88
Issuing, like its eponymous Grüner Veltliner counterpart, entirely from Kamptal fruit, this generic cuvée sold principally in the US market delivers its usual charm and value. Scents of lily and heliotrope mingle with intimations of apple and white peach, the latter migrating to a satin-textured and expansive yet not weighty palate. Hints of quince, tangerine oil and brown spices suggest background botrytis, thankfully only slightly detracting from the clarity and refreshment that characterize the corresponding Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg bottling of Grüner Veltliner. (The impressive generic bottlings incorporating purchased fruit that are familiar from American markets under the “Gobelsburger” label have been rechristened “Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg” because, in keeping with recent legislation, the old designation will now be reserved for anyone who chooses to name for its commune of origin a wine grown in Gobelsburg the village.)
WINE ENTHUSIAST: Rating 93
PARKER: Rating 90
Clearer and juicier than its “Domaene Gobelsburg” counterpart but no less extract-rich, the 2012 Riesling Gobelsburger projects more of a sense of transparency to rather than saturation with stony mineral elements. Bittersweet floral perfume points to the inclusion of Heiligenstein raw material, and a tingling, energetically interactive finishing impression confirms the performance of a superb value well above its generic class, and one that should be worth following through at least 2017, for whatever few wine lovers might attempt that or simply forget some bottles in their cellar. Largely due to May frost, Michael Moosbrugger experienced in 2012 the smallest harvest since he took over Schloss Gobelsburg (and debuted as a vintner) in 1996. Despite this small crop and largely balmy conditions, harvest still stretched until the tenth of November. “One reason for that,” he admits, “is the red wines, because we always begin with them to avoid over-ripeness or danger of rot, and for red wine you have to harvest at precisely the right time, especially with St. Laurent” rather than enjoying the flexibility offered by Gruner Veltliner and Riesling. In the event, the whites here this year seldom significantly exceeded 13% in alcohol.