Weingut Helmut Lang Sämling 88 Trockenbeerenauslese 1995
Helmut is his own man. He seems to enjoy his status as a semi-detached figure from the mainstream of the Austrian winemaking community, and has no interest in playing by the rules just for the sake of it. But he knows what is important in making fine wine. His vineyards are immaculate and he has a deep understanding of the way in which each of his grape varieties best responds to botrytis. Sämling 88 is his most widely planted grape (which he refuses to describe by its German name of Scheurebe) and with this he epitomises the success of fine botrytis affected wines. The wine has a fine grapefruit tang, which one finds tucked away behind the significant honey flavours and textures of the botrytis.