The Morning Claret

Simon J Woolf & Friends on Wild and Wonderful Wines

Day: 1 September 2020

Hiedler – Riesling Ried Gaisberg 2019

Lime and white blossom scented, this medium bodied Riesling feels pretty expressive and fresh, but lacks a little precision. It’s enjoyable and fresh without scaling the heights.

Wieninger – Riesling Ried Rosengartel 2019

Fatter and rounder than Preussen (Wieninger’s other Riesling parcel in Nussberg), this is a balanced style that handles its ripeness and alcohol with real skill. It’s a little hard to recognise as Riesling, but the winemaking can’t be faulted.

Wieninger – Riesling Ried Preussen 2019

Ripe, and loaded with exotic fruits – guava and pear. A salty streak lends excitement to this wine, and the lees-influence on the texture also creates the perfect foil. Wieninger seems to have a knack for managing this very ripe Read more

Wien Cobenzl – Riesling Ried Preussen 2019

A ripe and rather oak-dominated Riesling that, right now, isn’t expressing a great deal. There’s lemon zest and delicate minerals on the finish, but the body and the acidity feel ever so slightly flat – perhaps due to the oak Read more

Wieninger – Grüner Veltliner Ried Preussen 2019

With a delightfully floral nose, filled with white flowers and peach, this Grüner deftfully manages its prodigious alcohol and seems very light on its feet. Citrus notes propel the wine forward, and its subtle leesy finish is divine. This shows Read more

Edlmoser – Weißburgunder Ried Himmel 2018

Dominated by wood shavings and cinnamon, this is a bit of a new oak bomb. There is already a substantial amount of development on the nose – at least, some oxidative ageing suggested. Worrying in such a young wine, and Read more

Hajszan Neumann – Weißburgunder Ried Gollin 2019

Elegant and focused, there’s really nice integrated acidity that lifts this wine, with aromas of freshly sliced pear and ripe melon. The fruit is deliciously ripe, but mineral too. It has the typically open, aerated texture that is so charming Read more