Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner Gobelsburger 2008
A lot has happened in Michael Moosbrugger’s ten years at Gobelsburg. The Cistercian monks have owned vineyards here since 1171, but the wines, which had enjoyed a great reputation throughout the centuries, had dipped in quality in the late 80s and early 90s. In 1996 the monastery of nearby Zwettl, which owns the property, decided to ask for help from a professional, and Michael, a young but inexperienced winemaker at the time, was chosen. After the very tricky 1996 vintage, Michael has not looked back. The 1997 vintage was excellent, and the reputation and sales have grown consistently each year since then. Michael is an incredibly good winemaker whether he is making Grüner Veltliner or Riesling, or his very elegantly cool Pinot Noir, his deliciously textured sparkling wine or even his range of sweet wines: TBAs and Eisweins. Last year, in his 10th vintage, he was rewarded with the Winzer des Jahres (Winemaker of the year) from the influential Falstaff magazine.
External Reviews for Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner Gobelsburger
Dieser leichte klassische goldfarbene Veltliner, der grosse Trinkfreude bereitet, zeichnet sich besonders auffallend durch seine pfeffrige und würzige Note im Bukett aus. Sehr trocken im Charakter, mineralisch, mit viel Frucht, aber auch beträchtlicher Säure, vereint er gekonnt Duftigkeit und Substanz in einem Stil.
A bright, mineral-laden white from one of the top producers in Austria, this Grüner is packed with white pepper and ripe fruit on the palate.
Mittleres Goldgelb. Erfrischendes Säurespiel, hohe Konzentration, Honig, Quitten, Apfel, Birnen, warme Butter, würzig, sehr typischer Grüner Veltliner, endlos im Abgang. Zeigt sich bereits sehr schön, verspricht mit seiner Dichte und Proportionalität aber noch einiges für sein sicher noch langes Leben.
Crisp, very dry, light in some ways, but also with a rounded element. There is a good depth of flavor here over lively apple skin tannins. The wine is made from young vines as well as purchased grapes.
This wine's lively aromas of grapefruit and white peach are supple and sleek, finishing with harmonious length and a clean, zesty fragrance.
My New Year's resolution for 2010: Get more people to try Grüner Veltliner. Austrian Grüner Veltliner can offer tremendous value: often half the price of a qualitatively comparable bottle of white Burgundy or Alsatian Riesling. Consider, for instance, this Gobelsburger 2008. I can think of few $15 white wines that offer this uniqueness, complexity and true sense of place. The grapes for this wine were grown near the famed Heiligenstein vineyard and show a textbook Grüner profile. Aromas of peach and apple, complicated by white pepper, snow pea, and copious flinty minerality. The subtle spicy, stoney character resonates through the pure finish. Great Grüner Veltliner is unlike any other white wine and yet infinitely accessible to the newcomer. Recommended as a unique alternative to white Burgundy or dry Riesling.
Medium green-yellow. Clearly defined, varietally accurate aromas of grapefruit and yellow apple backed by tobacco, pepper and smoky flint. Focused and nicely balanced, with an attractive acid structure. Grapefruit, apple and orange linger on the finish of this highly appetizing wine. Drink though 2018.