Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner Gobelsburger 2009
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.
Nose has crisp apple, honeydew and pineapple. Slight hint of grass. Palate is the same as the nose with crisp bright acidity, with a smooth well balanced palate through finish. Beautiful integration and definitely a must-try for Austrian wines. Recommend as an alternative to unoaked Chardonnay to the ABC crowd.
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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.
My New Yearrsquo;s resolution for 2010: Get more people to try Gruuml;ner Veltliner. Austrian Gruuml;ner 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 Gruuml;ner 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 Gruuml;ner 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.
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 winersquo;s lively aromas of grapefruit and white peach are supple and sleek, finishing with harmonious length and a clean, zesty fragrance.
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