From: Kamptal, Austria
W&S 92 Wine & Spirits
Pulled from a variety of parcels of different elevations and soil types throughout the Kamptal, this estate-grown wine offers a gentle mouthful of juicy peach and pear flavor, with enough structure and freshness in the acidity to keep it lively and bring it to a clean finish. It’s the sort of white that would be good at any time, whether by the glass at a wine bar or with a vegetable curry at home.
JS 91 James Suckling
Attractive lemon and white-peach nose with hints of green apples and fresh herbs. Juicy, mid-weight palate with a lot of character and a lovely balance of warm elements and cool, minty undertones. Long, very harmonious finish. Drink now. Screw cap.
Taste: High-toned aromas of lemon zest and white peach are immediately present, showcasing the wine's inherent freshness. As it opens up, subtler notes of green apple, wet stone, and a slight hint of jasmine unfold, painting a complex olfactory picture that perfectly represents the Kamptal terroir. On the palate, this Riesling is clean and vibrant. It possesses a crisp acidity that carries throughout the tasting experience, balanced beautifully by a generous extract. The palate mirrors the nose with flavors of juicy pear, ripe peach, and a touch of lemon zest. An underlying minerality brings structure and complexity, reminiscent of the distinctive Kamptal soil.
Pairing: The versatile nature of the 2020 Schloss Gobelsburg Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg Kamptal Riesling makes it an ideal accompaniment to an array of dishes. The concentrated structure of Kamptal DAC wines harmonises beautifully with a wide range of culinary styles and dishes. This particular Riesling finds a perfect match in baked or grilled fish and seafood. The freshness and acidity of the wine cut through the richness of the fish, creating a balanced and satisfying dining experience.
Traditional Austrian dishes also pair wonderfully with this Riesling. Imagine a roast chicken , its skin crispy and golden, served alongside this wine. The fruity undertones and crisp acidity of the Riesling elevate the savory, umami flavors of the chicken, while the wine’s lively character and harmonious finish ensure it doesn't overwhelm the dish (or, check out the recipe below!).
Similarly, baked meats, with their hearty and robust flavours, can be well complemented by this Riesling. The wine’s balance of warm elements and cool, minty undertones refresh the palate, making every bite as enjoyable as the first.
For vegetarian options, consider pairing this Riesling with a vegetable curry. The gentle mouthful of juicy peach and pear flavors and the wine's structure and freshness can balance the heat and complex flavors of the curry, providing a well-rounded and enjoyable dining experience.
Crisp Chicken Schnitzel With Lemony Herb Salad
By Melissa Clark
About. The 2020 Schloss Gobelsburg Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg Kamptal Riesling, a product of the esteemed Austrian winery Schloss Gobelsburg, is a glorious testament to the region's rich winemaking heritage. With a lineage dating back to the 11th century when the monks of Zwettl Monastery were granted their first vineyards, Schloss Gobelsburg has a storied history steeped in tradition and innovation.
A Beguiling Bouquet
The 2020 Riesling presents a captivating bouquet, redolent with vineyard peach and Gravenstein, creating an immediate impression of elegance and charm. On the palate, it is quite powerful, with generous extract and balance, underpinned by a crisp acidity that leaves a lasting impression. Its delightful length deservedly earned this light-style Riesling a special accolade from the winemakers.
The wine's critical acclaim reflects its exceptional quality, with Wine & Spirits awarding it a score of 92 and noting its juicy peach and pear flavors, robust structure, and refreshing acidity. James Suckling, meanwhile, gave it a 91, highlighting its attractive lemon and white-peach nose, juicy mid-weight palate, and harmonious finish.
The Vineyards and The Winemaking
Schloss Gobelsburg maintains several parcels in the Kamptal region's Erste Lagen, or 1st Growth, vineyards, including the mineral-rich, crystalline slopes of Gaisberg and Heiligenstein, which are planted with Riesling. These vineyards, with their unique soil composition of amphibolite volcanic sandstone, mica slate, and alpine gravel, give rise to the vibrant flavors found in the 2020 Riesling.
The young vines from which this wine is sourced are all less than 15 years old, a testament to the winery's ongoing commitment to rejuvenation and quality. Despite their relative youth, these vines produce a wine of outstanding depth and complexity, fermented and raised in stainless steel to preserve the integrity of the fruit and the distinct character of the terroir.
The Kamptal Region: A Tapestry of Terroir
Located north and slightly east of the Kremstal region, Kamptal takes its name from the river Kamp that traverses it. The region, with its wide diurnal temperature variations, geologic diversity, and lower rainfall, provides a distinctive environment for growing Riesling.
The Kamptal DAC Riesling, of which the 2020 Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling is an excellent example, represents the classical expression of Austrian wine culture. It perfectly balances the maturity brought by grapes from the lower part of the valley with the freshness imparted by those from the upper, higher-altitude regions.
A Testament to Innovation and Individuality
At Schloss Gobelsburg, the future is about individuality and character. Under the guidance of Michael Moosbrugger, who was awarded the 'WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR' by the Austrian magazine Falstaff, the winery has developed the 'Dynamic Cellar Concept.' This novel approach foregoes the pumping of wine from one location to another, instead transporting it in 'barrels on wheels,' reflecting the winery's commitment to minimizing mechanical interference in the winemaking process.
The 2020 Schloss Gobelsburg Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg Kamptal Riesling is a testament to the prowess of Austrian winemaking, highlighting the region's capacity to produce wines of extraordinary quality and character. With its beguiling bouquet, generous extract, balance, and crisp acidity, this Riesling offers a distinctive taste of the Kamptal region, reflecting its unique terroir, history, and winemaking traditions.
Under the guidance of the awarded 'WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR' Michael Moosbrugger, Schloss Gobelsburg continues to innovate while maintaining deep respect for tradition. The 'Dynamic Cellar Concept', organic winegrowing practices initiated as early as 1958, and a commitment to individuality and character, all contribute to the creation of remarkable wines like the 2020 Riesling.
The rich history of the Zwettl Monastery, the quality of the vineyards, the distinctive soil types, and the dynamic climate all contribute to the unique character of this light-style Riesling. Its attractiveness, balance, and harmonious finish have not only earned it high critical acclaim but also ensure it holds a special place in the hearts of wine enthusiasts worldwide.
In conclusion, the 2020 Schloss Gobelsburg Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg Kamptal Riesling is a wine that invites exploration and savouring, promising a delightful journey for the senses with each sip. Its capacity to pair seamlessly with a variety of dishes also makes it an excellent choice for both casual and fine dining. Whether you're enjoying it by the glass at a wine bar or serving it with a home-cooked meal, this Riesling is sure to enhance your wine-drinking experience.
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