Willi Bründlmayer, Brut Rosé Sekt, Langenlois, Austria

Willi Bründlmayer, Brut Rosé Sekt, Langenlois, Austria

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Willi Bründlmayer, Brut Rosé Sekt, Langenlois, Austria

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Reinhard Löwenstein created his estate in 1980, spending the early years identifying top sites, before settling on five hectares of prime, precipitous Winningen (Lower Mosel) slate slopes. His passion lies in expressing the personality of each of his myriad slate soils, trusting only in his senses.

A blend of St Laurent, Zweigelt and Pinot Noir, this dry sparkling wine has aromas of red cherry and redcurrant. The red berry fruit on the palate is lively and cool, with crisp acidity and a fine mousse. A great summer apéritif.
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Willi Brundlmayer

Willi Brundlmayer

Willi Bründlmayer is widely recognised as one of Austria's most gifted winemakers. He is best known for his Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners, although he also makes very high quality Chardonnays.

He has 57 hectares of vineyards, superbly sited high up on slopes around the wine town of Langenlois. His best site is the Heiligenstein vineyard where the rocky granite/slate soils produce Rieslings of astonishing mineral intensity, which age beautifully.

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Kamptal

Kamptal

Kamptal’s vineyards in Lower Austria lie around the river Kamp, running north-east from the Wachau, but the region is dominated by the dramatic hill of Heiligenstein, around which the regions finest vineyards are to be found. 

Without the moderation of the Danube, this is a hotter, drier region. Riesling and Grüner Veltliner are still important, although other varieties, including red, make an appearance. The wines are fleshier but more accessible than those of the Wachau, but also manage to accentuate the spicy notes to be found in these varieties. 

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Willi Bründlmayer was one of the first to make a name internationally, but his friend Michael Moosbrugger at Schloss Gobelsburg makes arguably the most complex wines of the region. Weingut Hiedler offers fine value for money.

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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The Wine Advocate90-91/100
Other87

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The Wine Advocate90-91/100
Predominantly from southeast-facing vineyards with calcareous soils, Brndlmayer's salmon colored NV Brut Ros blends equal parts St. Laurent, Pinot Noir and Zweigelt. The recent disgorgement (February 2018 from lot L. 4541) is the first based on the 2016 vintage and includes about 20% reserve wine. The wine offers a super ripe and fruity but also vinous bouquet of red berries, (candied) cherries, chalk, yeast and some floral notes. The palate is pure, fresh, dry and much lighter than expected from the nose. It has 11.5% alcohol but a great intensity of flavors, with subtle but nice oxidative notes and lemony flavors on the refreshing, complex finish. This young and vibrant ros will probably refine with bottle age. There are still some phenols on the finish that need time to polymerize.
Stephan Reinhardt - 28/12/2018 Read more
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Rendered from St. Laurent, Zweigelt and Pinot Noir, this comes off like a cherry and red currant shrub, its overt fruitiness tempered by tart edges. Well-integrated, fine bubbles on a polished palate lead to a lusciously lingering albeit simple finish. 
David Schildknecht - Vinous, June 2016 Read more