The Morning Claret

Simon J Woolf & Friends on Wild and Wonderful Wines

Day: 17 April 2020

Renner – Heideboden Renner 2016

Even though it was produced in the year that the sistas officially took over the winery from their parents, this blend feels a bit like a step back in time. It’s the kind of red cuvée that was very popular Read more

Rennersistas – Zweigelt 2017

This is a fascinating wine to try, if you thought that Zweigelt was fey and uncomplicated. From a single vineyard site, this is chunky, dark-fruited and pretty grippy. Serious stuff, from the slightly leaner 2017 vintage, and showing extremely well Read more

Rennersistas – Waiting for Tom Rot 2017

Named after two of the sista’s winemaker mentors, Tom Lubbe (Matassa) and Tom Shobrook, this tasty blend invites you in with aromas of peppered strawberries, cherry and blackberry. It’s loaded with fruit, and rather delicate tannins. It’s mouth-wateringly fresh. Coming Read more

Rennersistas – Superglitzer 2018

The addition of some Rösler (a frost and mildew resistant modern crossing of Zweigelt x a hybrid-Blaufränkisch crossing) really fleshes out the fruit in this spicy, ripe raspberry and strawberry filled cuvée. There’s a balsamic hint on the nose, and Read more

Rennersistas – Blfrnksch 2017

Who knows what the sistas have against vowels, but this Blfrnksch is just great, so I forgive them. They say it’s fresh and uncomplicated. I disagree. Blaufränkisch is always complicated, and here it is not remotely dumbed down – and Read more

Renner Sistas – Waiting for Tom Rosé 2018

A full bodied, big-boned rosé, with beautiful expressive ripe red fruits and some of that lovely sour cherry character from the Blaufränkisch. But…. Sadly even in my freshly opened bottle, the finish is ruined by mousy taint. A crying shame. Read more

Rennersistas – Wssbrgnder 2018

This is disappointing in comparison to the superb skin fermented Welschriesling. It feels a little thin and unripe, with biting acidity and some sour plum notes. The finish for me is also a bit on the dirty side. Skin fermented, Read more

Rennersistas – Welschriesling 2018

Alwayas my favourite from the sista’s whites/oranges, this 2018 doesn’t disappoint. Aromas of rhubarb compote, tarragon and green plum surge out of the glass – so characterful and intriguing. The palate’s also a delight, with a tangy, bitter orange marmalade Read more

Rennersistas – Waiting For Tom Weiss 2018

Not skin fermented as such, but with a very long skin maceration before the fermentation (3-8 days) – if I understand the German technical notes properly! (Maischestandzeit, not Maischegärung) Entrancing aromas, really bright pear and ripe apple. Almost jangling acidity, Read more

Rennersistas – Chardonnay 2018

Fermented in amphora with two weeks’ skin contact. The aromas are inviting – baked apple, earthy, even a little bit animalistic (in a positive way). Very tight on the attack, with a salty lick and bracing brambly apple sourness (again, Read more