The Morning Claret

Simon J Woolf & Friends on Wild and Wonderful Wines

Day: 31 August 2020

Stubits – Blaufränkisch Hochcsater 2018

Attractive aromas of laurel and cassis open up this wine, easily the best from this producer. Right now the tannins are a little harsh and extracted, but the fruit expression is great and that in combination with the lively acids Read more

Zehetbauer – Chardonnay Ried Steinberg 2018

A nicely rounded Chardonnay with loads of brioche and freshly baked bread notes – leesy rather than oaky, thank goodness. Not whole lot of fruit, but an attractive chalky texture and some salty excitement on the finish.

Zehetbauer – Pinot Blanc Ried Satz 2018

Smells and tastes a bit like some old school Hungarian white wines – rather a lot of oxidation, and tails off to a vegetal finish. Not without interest, but hardly what one wants in such a young Pinot Blanc.

Prieler – Weissburgunder Ried Haidsatz 2018

Well rounded fruit with great acidic kick and a note of white currants. Texturally this is a bang on, with the sort of airy, openness that Weissburgunder does so well. There is a suggestion of oak that initially feels a Read more

Sommer – Chardonnay Ried Rierfring Thal 2018

This is the kind of wine that makes you understand why Chardonnay is so well loved around the world. The elegance is Burgundian, from the enticing nose of brioche and pear to the crystalline, citrussy palate and a silken finish. Read more

Sommer – Grüner Veltliner Ried Himmelreich 2018

Tight and citrussy, with concentrated green plum compote at its centre, this is fresh and charming with a nice pepperiness announcing the variety. Well balanced, and the oak is well integrated too.