The Morning Claret

Simon J Woolf & Friends on Wild and Wonderful Wines

Day: 5 September 2021

Wohlmuth – Ried Edelschuh 2018

A rather oaky cuvée, which has a nice tangy freshness but no really strong fruit character. And no clear reason why this cuvee was created. The slate soils, at a guess, ought to deliver a well defined stony, mineral character, Read more

Gross – Ried Sulz Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Softer toned and more full bodied than Gross’s Sauvignon from the Nussberg vineyard, there are subtle notes of candied peel and crushed herbs on the nose. The fruit is quite zesty, with some more earthy, herby character on the finish. Read more

Gross – Ried Nussberg Sauvignon Blanc 2017

What’s wonderful about this delicately oak matured wine is that the nose explodes with zesty citrus, but doesn’t go into OTT Kiwi Sauv territory. There’s nothing stinky or sweaty here, just pure fruit. The palate is exciting, with notes of Read more

Gross – Ried Nussberg Sauvignon Blanc 2015

A wonderfully evolved style, with a ripe and quite concentrated core of passion fruit, citrus and mango that glistens with fine acidity and delicate mineral salts. The nose has subtle hints of Sauvignon’s lifted aromatics, but also touches of crushed Read more

Frauwallner – Ried Buch Sauvignon Blanc 2018

An interesting comparison with the same wine in 2019, this 2018 feels muted and very over oaked. It has lost all of the exuberant aromatics and the fruit feels a bit dried out. There is a decent sensation of acidity, Read more

Frauwallner – Ried Buch Sauvignon Blanc 2019

This is the full on Sauv blanc stink, you either love it or hate it. To me it’s enjoyable, and here the feeling is of essential oils of citrus – concentrated lemon, pink grapefruit and passion fruit. The palate feels Read more

Frauwallner – Ried Buch Morillon 2019

Fruit forward, showing delicate and spicy peach, apricot and fresh citrus notes. The nose shows some dried flowers and “grandmother’s wardobe” character. Quite expressive on the palate. The finish has a hint of bitterness. Not bad but a little blunted Read more