Here is a wine that made me pay attention at our last sample tasting. I have not been over to meet with the producer yet, but we couldn't wait for our next Austrian trip to get their wines!
This drinks like, or better than, dry Grand Cru Riesling from Germany...or even Alsace. The area it is from is an unofficial Cru of Austria and the wines have been very sought after for years, making them difficult to get imported.
The Kamptal region is an official DAC, a viticulture designation, since 1993. With steep terraced vineyards and cool nights, the area is perfect for Riesling. Of all the vineyards in the region, the most famed is the Heiligenstein, which is where Leindl sources their fruit.
There is a thin layer of top soil on the steep slopes. This requires the vines to dig deep for nutrients, which in turn, produces low concentrated yields.
"A hint of dried pear and dried lime zest plays before juicier lime speaks. The palate has a similar tension between ripe, almost dried fruit richness, while zestiness tones it all down into taut slenderness. This is exciting, textured, juicy and totally moreish. There is something concentrated and pervasive that hits several pleasure buttons at once. Drink now–2035. - Anne Krebiehl MW"
- Wine Enthusiast (March 2019), 95 pts
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