This is an archive of tasting notes from participants in the UK wine forum, with notes from before 2005

UK Wine Forum - Austria
Notes from participants in the UK Forum are added in chronological order.


01/04 Kracher (Austria) Grande Cuvee No. 6 TBA 2000
Rolls on the tongue like a marble coating it with a beautiful long clingy layer of sweet fruit. there must be tons or residual sugar in this, but the acidity just cuts through and keeps it in a wonderful balance. Flavours of honey infused grapefruits and a whole Carmen Miranda headdress flood the palate. Found my sweety of the year just in time. 9.5% abv. Expensive though at £23.50 a half at Tanners (Daron Fincham, UK)

01/04 Gruner Veltliner Bergvogel 73, Brundlmayer
Quite high in residual sugar, complex, slightly petrolly (like mature Riesling). Slightly salty (I often find some salt in Heiligenstein wines, but this is my first encounter with this wineyard). Fine length, minerally and floral. Not at all tired. If you accept the RS, a stunning wine. (Odd Rydland, Norway)

11/03 Weingut Jurtschitisch Sonnhof Gruner Veltliner Spiegel Reserve (Kamptal)
Lovely viscous mouthfeel - rich, silky and elegant. Buckets of slightly creamy spicy GV fruit. Well handled oak (50% was fermented in French oak and blended with the balance, which was fermented in stainless steel). Good acidity. Warm, but not hot. I did not believe that this wine is 15.0% ABV, so easily does it carry its alcohol. Taste a wine like this and you can see why GV's regularly beat white Burgundy in blind tastings. (Phil Shorten, UK)

11/03 Welschriesling TBA No. 2 1995, Kracher
Botrytis action, man. There is a weird, confected fruit to it as well. Wow, it is vert sweet indeed. Really very sweet. Lots of butterscotch. Acid maybe a bit low. No minerality. Not bad, but not my thing. (David Strange, UK)

11/03 Sauvignon Blanc 2002, Polz-Kiefer
Really citric, limey fruit. Remarkably like Riesling. Quite stylish. (David Strange, UK)

11/03 Gruner Veltliner Loibener Berg Smaragd 1998, Knoll
White pepper nose, some apricotty botrytis. Good minerality. Long powerful palate. Quite rich. Quite nice structure. Some real style. Really very good. (David Strange, UK)

11/03 Bründlmayer Rieslinger Zöbinger Heiligenstein 2000
A wine that I liked enormously upon release, now retasted after two years. Very varietal and expressive on the nose with intense notes of pineapple, fresh pastry dough and sweet-spicy tropical fruit, if not very sweet on its own. Lots of character and quite some aromatic complexity for its age. Good body in mouth, but not in the least heavy, actually so balanced that I did not even care to look up the alcohol (a thing becoming rare these days); essentially dry, which is underlined by a grey slate minerality coming up at mid-palate. Perhaps just lacking some fruit filling in mouth (or going through a dumb phase?). A wine approaching maturity and very pleasant to drink. Close to excellent. (Nerval, Poland)

11/03 Pinot Noir Reserve 2001, Markowitsch
Quite an oaky wine. Very toasty. Some red fruit. But it is a touch stewed and the oak is very heavy handed. Palate is a bit tight and hard, but there is some fruit underneath. Interesting, may age. (David Strange, UK)

11/03 2000 Alois Kracher No.10
Bright gold, I sniffed ripe apricots and grapefruit. My first sip was very sweet, the pineapple and syrup feel was balanced with good underlying acidity that was showing well. Excellent length and probably infanticide, but a highly entertaining and much pleasure giving wine. 93/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

11/03 1994 Weissburgunder, Hiedler
Not often you see whites with bottle age, even at good restuarants. This had a slightly sweet nose, but was still a fairly light yellow colour. As the wine warmed up the nose became more interstesting, and started to develop almost and old Rielsing bouquet. In the mouth the wine was slightly sweet, but the finish was a bit short. As it was old, the acidity had died down, and the combination of the lack of acidity and lack of length meant that it didn't really go with the fish based starters we were eating. Still not a bad wine for 34 Euro. (Cameron Clark, UK)

09/03 Umathum zweigelt reserve 1998
very unusual - amarone-like richness with background spicyness; beautifully balanced with medium-full body. Would have guessed it to be Italian especially at first, then hopelessly confused! £11.75/half House of Fraser Birmingham (simon rummens, UK)

09/03 Liobner Smaragd Schutt GV 1999, Knoll
Well, you might of guess Austrian, its almost painful acid, and neutral flavours. Sure it might develop well, but does nothing for me at present.

08/03 2000 Grüner Veltliner Breiter Rain Rohrendorf Sepp Moser, Kremstal
13.5% (Byrne's). Pale straw with a greenish tinge at the rim. Very big nose - rather chardonnay like with oak a touch too dominant at the moment. Quite big and round on the attack, fills enormously with ripe GrüV on the palate. Very full and rich with a bit of honey. Some decent acidity, keeping the power in check. A bit too young at the moment, I'd hazard. Good now, but potentially very good. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

04/03 Knoll (Wachau, Austria) Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 'Loibner Schütt' (1999, I think?)
Slightly smoky, bacony nose, very intruiging savoury character, couldn't guess grape. Palate intense with good minerality, spicy flavours, anise notes, firm acid and full body, powerful finish. I like this, and would be great food wine. V. good indeed (Stephan Muller, UK)

03/04 2001 Weingut Bründlemayer, Grüner Veltliner Berg Vogelsang
Yellow colour. Sherberty nose. Lovely palate with crystal clear fruit. This is long too. Very good. A steel at €12. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

03/04 2001 Weingut Bründlemayer, Grüner Veltliner Ried Lamm
Yellow colour. A much deeper nose of honeysuckle and white flowers. Whilst the fruit doesn't seem quite as incisive as the 'Berg Vogelsang' this is definitely much more concentrated. Probably a wine to lay down for a few years. Enjoyed – even at €26. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

02/03 1999 Zobinger Heiligstein Riesling, Schloss Gobelsburg
Greenish gold. Very slight nose with a hint of fragrance - after time the nose develops a waxy lime character. Fresh and clean on attack with notable acidity. Fills well and quite full and rich on palate. Nice clean finish, with the same acid running through. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

02/03 1998 "Pinot Cuvée" Ruster Ausbruch, Feiler-Artinger
A luscious copper gold. Intense honeyed nose with raisins and dried figs. Lavish, very sweet attack reminiscent of liquid raisins with raw cane sugar and molten gold (not that I've drunk gold - not other than Goldwasser, that is). Very intense. Very sweet, but with a welcome touch of acid on the finish. Ultimately perhaps rather unidimensional, but it's a jolly hedonistic dimension that it's on. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

12/02 1991 2000 Nigl Senftenberger Hochäcker Riesling
This wine showed a great deal of minerals and rich fruit with peach and apricot aromas and powerful acidity. It just needs time, but was very good as an opening wine at one of our lunch tastings (usually just Alsatian and German wines) at one of the local Thai joints. (Roy Hersh, USA)

12/02 Kirchleiten 2001 Trockenbeerenauslese, Winkler-Hermaden
Apricot fruit and surprisingly good acidity. Pretty sweet with plenty of nice fruit. Not demanding, but it slips down a treat. (David Strange, UK)

11/02 Sepp Moser Riesling Hochgebling 2000 – 13.5%
Light yellow in colour, a surprisingly sweet nose with fresh apples and a touch of spice. The acidity tastes firm, the fruit seems good but this wine needs at least 3 years. 82/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

11/02 Sepp Moser Muskat Ottonel 2001 – 12%
Virtually no colour, a spicy nose with a floral hint. Totally flat, must be closed or possible suffering from travel sickness? 80/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

11/02 Sepp Moser Muskat Ottonel TBA 1999 – 5.5% - £48 (US$80) – 375ml
Only 800 375ml bottles of this nectar were produced. A light gold with very thick legs. A nose of ripe apricots. It tasted rich, viscous, very little acidity present, beautiful, hence 92/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

08/02 Bründlmayer Zöbinger Heiligenstein Auslese 1995, Kamptal 14%abv
Pale yellow. Stunning honeyed nose with melon, ripe stone fruit and a touch of petrol. Good spicy medium bodied palate following with pure fruit and finishing with cleansing acidity and a good complexity. A mature wine. Top marks. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

08/02 Nikolaihof Vom Stein Riesling Federspiel 1995, Wachau 12%abv
Pale straw-not that much sign of age. The nose showed a good dose of aviation fuel with that Wachau stone fruit pureness. The palate showed well for a seven-year-old but the seemed to be some banana peel astringency mingled with its mature secondary characteristics. Some may like this, so not a wine for me, perhaps it's slightly past it. Give me the Smaragd version of the bottling any day. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

08/02 Bründlmayer Langenloiser Steinmassel Riesling 1998, Kamptal 13%abv
Crystal straw. Not a hint of aviation fuel with this one but glorious ripe (almost tropical!) fruit one the nose. The palate was very easy and dry with nothing out of place, just wonderful mineral/floral/ white fruit notes and softened acidity. Not a world-beater but a great drink. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

08/02 Leopold Sommer Muskat Ottonel Premium, Neusiedlersee-Hugelland 1998 12%abv
Very pale yellow. Although this wine is labelled Trocken it has a strong honeyed nose and a medium dry body showing very ripe pear with a slight citrus zesty cut to it. Odd and perhaps past it. Not for me. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

08/02 Leopold Sommer Blaufränkisch Classic, Neusiedlersee-Hugelland 1999 12.5%abv
Pale ruby/purple. Inviting mulberry nose with spicy/smoky oak notes. A very dry palate with spicy raspberry and cherry fruit and drying tannins. An exceptional wine for a fiver. Give me more. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

08/02 Leopold Sommer Welshriesling, Neusiedlersee-Hugelland TBA 1993 10%abv
Clear yellow/copper. Great smoky honeyed nose following with a good rich thick mouthfilling full-bodied palate showing pineapple, ripe peach and sweet apricot. Not cloying at all with a glimmer of acidity following. Another exceptional wine for a fiver. Drink up though. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

08/02 Netzl Zweigelt Ernte, Carnuntum 1999 11%abv
Medium purple. Nicely perfumed red fruit nose following with clean ripe red forest floor fruit with minerals and a hint of vanilla. A party pleaser. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

08/02 Netzl Zweigelt Rubin 1999, Carnuntum 13.5%abv
Not a huge difference with the Ernte. Just showing more in the way of chocolate, weight of fruit, vanillin characters and alcohol. A wine drinking nicely now (Phil Wilkins, UK)

08/02 Netzl Grüner Veltliner Bärnreiser 1999, Carnuntum 13%abv
Straw yellow/ touch of green. A textbook GV here on the nose with lively white pepper, apple and pea pod. The palate however was short, alcoholic and acidic with virtually no fruit getting through. Poor. And surprised at this for a '99. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

08/02 Leopold Sommer Blaufränkisch 1999, Neusiedlersee-Hugelland 12%abv
What, I asked my self is the difference between this and the classic bottling? I couldn't work it out. Perhaps I should have tried the wines as a pair and not, a week apart. My base notes show the wine to be identical! Perhaps someone will enlighten me. Although lead pencil comes into it somewhere. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

08/02 Hengl-Haselbrunner Riesling Purgstall 1999, Vienna 12.5%abv
Very pale yellow. My first Riesling from Vienna and on the nose this had attractive citrus and earthy minerals. Good spicy medium bodied palate with a racy acidic backbone showing apples and pears although slightly lean. A good effort. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

08/02 Leopold SommerMuskat Ottonel Spätlese 1999 10.5%abv
Pale yellow. Big honeyed nose following with candied orange, lychee and peach. A bit of an oddity. No complexity. Not for me. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

08/02 Erzherzog Johan Weststeirischer Schilcher Klassisch Rose 1998 11%abv
Bizarre luminous red. Words fail me with this one so I won't bother except to say that was the worst wine ever to pass my lips. Truly dreadful. Down the sink. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

08/02 Netzl Chardonnay 1999, Carnuntum 12.5%abv
Extremely pale yellow. The nose seems to be full of the Chardonnay variatal. Perhaps a hint of some oak. Quite a light palate (over cropped fruit perhaps) but with good acidity. A lovely pure, cleansing wine and just perfect to drink on a picnic by the river. My first Austrian Chardonnay. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

07/02 Terrassen Thal, Smaragd Riesling 1997, Freie Weingartner, Wachau
Mineral notes on nose and palate. Dry, good acidity and length. Still a bit closed. Should last some time and improve. Good now, should be good plus in time. Much better value than the three previous wines, which were similarly priced. (David Pope, UK)

06/02 Nigl Riesling Piri Privat 2000
Rather muted on the nose, but hints of minerals and limey citrus come through. Bone dry. High acidity seemingly tending towards the malic, with quite an appley undertaste, but again rather muted otherwise. Not my favourite Riesling of the trip, but maybe just way too young. (Bryan Collins, UK)

06/02 Emmerich Knoll Gruner Veltliner Loibenberg Smaragd 1998
Give me a blind sniff of this wine and I'd probably guess it was a Tokaj. Unmistakable botrytis aromas of apricots, honey and figs, with a spicy undertone. However, the wine is completely dry, making this for me at least a unique experience. I'd only ever drunk two Gruner Veltliners prior to this weekend and had been pretty underwhelmed both times, but this, the first GV of the visit, really made me take notice. 13.5% alcohol. Plenty of typical GV spice on the palate too along with more apricots and citric acidity. Lovely, and an excellent accompaniment to the local veal gulasch speciality. (Bryan Collins, UK)

06/02 FX Pichler Riesling Federspiel 1999
Again quite appley, but less so than the Nigl. Good acid and structure, and immediately appealing on both the nose and the palate. Nice mineral backbone and subtle citrus and peach fruits - maybe just a little too subtle, leaving the acid to dominate a little. Drinking really well now though. (Bryan Collins, UK)

06/02 FX Pichler Riesling Loibnerberg Smaragd 1999
Slightly greener-looking than the Federspiel, not so obvious either on the nose or the palate. A bit dumb and inexpressive, but a wine for the long term with plenty of structure and complexity lying in wait. Drink the Federspiel now, for sure. (Bryan Collins, UK)

06/02 Hogl Riesling Ried Bruck Smaragd 1999
A producer I'd never heard of before, and very good value this was for Eu17. More Germanic than most of the other rieslings tasted on the trip; steely dry but full of flavour with more peach, stony minerals and a hint of spice. Good neutral acidity. Drinking well now, and would be a smashing food wine. (Bryan Collins, UK)

06/02 Alzinger Riesling Loibner Steinertal Smaragd 2000
Another completely new name to me. Another very nice riesling, with a slightly more exotic nose and palate than the others - mango coming to mind. Lots of flavour and extract (and alcohol - 14%) just about balanced by the acidity, but to my mind a shade more acid would be nice. Not what you would call a steely riesling, and in a different style to most of the others here, but very tasty. Drinks well on its own. (Bryan Collins, UK)

06/02 Hirtzberger Riesling Singerriedel Smaragd 2001
Big, full, appley and citric flavours with lots of acidity. Limes and peaches and a little spice, with a gravelly mineral base. Big acidic structure for the substantial fruit to latch on to. Tremendous wine, and my favourite riesling of the trip by a margin. Infanticide though. (Bryan Collins, UK)

06/02 Hirtzberger Gruner Veltliner Honivogl Smaragd 2001
A bit of a monster this - lots of extract, lots of typical GV pepper and spice along with more exotic lychee hints. Very forward aroma. Excellent acidity. I think this has a higher RS than any of the other smaragd wines I've tasted, with an almost caramelly aftertaste that goes on for ages. Very unusual, and very memorable. I think I prefer the 06/02 Knoll Loibenberg - but that might just be because of the age difference. One of these made it home with me which shall stay hidden for many years. (Bryan Collins, UK)

Prager Riesling Eiswein 1999
Tasted at the end of a long meal. A perfectly competent companion to the chocolate and physalis souffle, but not really spectacular. (Bryan Collins, UK)

06/02 Willi Bründlmayer Brut 1999Medium golden-green. Champagney character on the nose with notes of green gooseberry and apple, liqueur, toast and a growing note of fried bacon. The fruit shows a bit cooked or roasted in character perhaps, especially on the palate which is slightly hot from the alcohol, again showing that strange note of bacon that would be more familiar in an oaked Shiraz. But this has depth and an attractive combination of very Champagne-like buttery roundness with something decidedly more rustic, not dirty but certainly barnyardy. Odd but very interesting. (Nerval, UK)

04/02 Nikolaihof Vom Stein Riesling Smaragd 1995 12.5%abv
Deeper straw/yellow – green tints. Wonderfully aromatic nose with ripe orange, pinapple, lime & some Honeysuckle blossom. The palate, which is medium bodied, seemed to show a little sweeter than I'm nornally used too with these Smaragd (especially compared to the still very young 1999s) efforts. Never the less it was rounded and supple with notes of pinapple, apricot, pear, other ripe tropical fruit, & a slight brown spice element. Good slate mineral characters are chased by still racy acidity. A long, lingering finish and perhaps fully mature now. Drink and enjoy it now (Phil Wilkins, UK)

03/02 Prieler Blaufränkisch Goldberg-Schützen 1997 13.5%abv
Vivid young purple. A classy, elegant almost Bordeaux nose here showing black cherry, plum, clove, black pepper and some cedar wood. The palate, which is medium bodied, gave away bitter chocolate, raspberry, spicy compote and cherry marmalade with nicely balanced acids and tannins (defiantly NOT a fruit bomb and perhaps more of a Burgundy on the palate!!). It seems to be drinking well now but will hold. In all a very elegant wine which requires food and finishes long. Certainly a unique wine and I can't think, if tasted blind, what I would say the grape variety was. A very, very good effort indeed. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

03/02 Nikolaihof 'Vom Stein' Riesling Federspeil 1998 11.5%abv
Lovely pale yellow. The nose was somewhat different to other Wachau Federspeil Rieslings offerings I've drunk recently. The stand out thing was the very rich waxed or polished lemon zest nose this wine offered. It seemed very particular indeed mixed with the floral elements. The palate also seemed unique for a second classification Wachau growth. Huge fat lemon and grapefruit streamed through awash with almost ginger spicy tones, rock mineral and good acid qualities. This really was an eye opener for a Federspeil and certainly for 13 quid paid it represented great value. Two or three hours in a decanter wouldn't go amiss with this one. An extremely interesting and well crafted drink. Lovely stuff indeed. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

03/02 Nikolaihof 'Vom Stein' Riesling Smaragd 1997 12.5%abv
Wow, if I liked the Federspeil than this is 5 times better but very, very different. Pale straw with green splashes. The nose is beautifully defined with crystal clear notes of preserved fruit, lemon grass, peach, pear and apple. Wonderful and elegant. The palate held my interest for ages. Completely focused it gave off lazer like quartz with amazing stone fruit qualities showing complex Granny Smith, marmalade, grapefruit, crushed lemon grass, lime juice and touches of Maldon Sea salt following through with mouth piercing acidity. Fabulous stuff indeed and how anyone couldn't like this wine is beyond me. The price was a little steep, but well worth every penny at £23-. This must rate as one of my top Smaragd Riesling ever drunk! And to think that this vineyard is on the 'wrong' side of the Danube, being the south! A truly amazing wine and it also seemed very young for a five year old. Top marks indeed for this elegant and complex offering (and apparently organic as well). Great wine making. (Phil Wilkins, UK).

02/02 Weisskirchner Achleiten Gruener Veltliner Smaragd 1994, Prager.
Sweet buttery rich aromas with smokey hint in background. Rich peach and apricots on a fat palate. Nicely balanced with a bit of nuttiness on the finish. 15/20 (Paul Anderson, UK)

02/02 Hirtzberger Hochrain Riesling Smaragd 1999 13%abv
My first Hirtzberger and it was well worth the wait even though this isn't supposed to be his 'best' Riesling. Crystal yellow with green tints. The nose was a little subdued to start with but after 20 minutes it opened to reveal lively notes of grapefruit skin, orange/quince marmalade & slate like minerals. The palate seemed a little lighter than I would have thought (not to fat?) but it showed complex peach stone, citric fruits, preserved lime, dried orange skin and slight spice with great cleansing acids, bone dry with a long piquant finish. A lovely wine and drinking nicely now if decanted. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

02/02 Kracher Eiswein Cuvee 1999 11.5%abv
Pale yellow. Beautifully scented nectar like & lightly honeyed nose. The palate, although not all that intense, drank well showing nicely textured exotic scented honey, apricot some melon, blossom with spicy swirls. Very clean, fresh & elegant. Not the greatest wine ever but worth trying. Good with a light pudding & some cheeses. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

02/02 Freie Weingärtner Terrassen Thal Wachau Riesling Smaragd 1997 13%abvLovely pale yellow. Lively grapefruit pith with a spicey lychee/melon fruit cocktail nose. Spicy swirles over the lesser fruited (than some Austrians), but still showing ripe & juicy cocktail fruit. A good easy palate which has some length and grip for a Terrassen. A very easy to drink wine at a modest cost. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

02/02 FX Pichler Riesling Smaragd Loibner Berg 2000 13.5%abv Pale yellow/green. Beautiful classy, concentrated mineral & stonefruit nose with an ever-so-slight petrol taint. Very rich palate giving away spiced pear, ripe melon, expressive slightly exotic peach fruit, laser sharp minerals & quince with the give away vibrant cut of sharp Granny Smith acidity. A powerful, spicy but smooth, creamy textured long finish. Quite an opulent wine which needs time. Enchanting to say the least. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

02/02 Freie Weingärten Grüner Vertliner Federspiel 1999 12%abv (Trocken)
Who said that Co-ops couldn't make a decent wine? Pale yellow/green, this 'cheapie' GV is almost as good as one can get at this level with some lovely concentrated pepper, pea-pod and white pepper fruit together with strong mineral characteristics and (almost) some of the Achleiten stinkerl (vineyard pong). I need to get to know this vineyard a little better though. Drinking now. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

02/02 Emmerich Knoll Riesling Loibenberg Federspiel 1999 12%abv (Trocken)
Pale yellow/green. This wine, while having nowhere the 'greatness' of its Smarged counterpart is never the less a very good effort. This Federspiel is very forward and has a heady nose of petrol, with white peaches, lemon blossom & grapefruit pith. The palate seems to fall a little short on the finish though. Oh well. Drinking now. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

02/02 FX Pichler Sauvignon Blanc Smarged 2000 13%abv (Trocken)
Some real SB characteristics here. Black current leaves, green pepper, gooseberry fruit lying on a beautiful bed slate bed of complexity. Combined with the huge amounts of alcohol it would be interesting to do a blind tasting of this wine with some hefty NZ SB's or a good white Graves. My guess is that the minerals and blackcurrant leaf would be much more pronounced in the Austrian. Drinking now and for 5 years. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

02/02 FX Pichler Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Loibner Berg. 2000 14%abv (Trocken)
Very concentrated spicy, mineral and white current nose. Minerals and exotic richness follow through with peas, pear, apple, white pepper and floral notes. It will start drinking in the next 6 months. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

02/02 FX Pichler Riesling Smaragd Durnsteiner Kellerberg. 1999 13.5%abv (Trocken)
Beautiful clear yellow green. Sheer class on the nose giving white peach stone fruit and mineral aspects. The palate showed huge latent silky power, hard quince and pear flavours spice and glycerine, with green apple acidity and a creamy smooth texture. Lazer sharp elegance indeed. Will be outstanding but leave for at least 3 years. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

02/02 Emmerich Knoll Riesling Smarged Durnsteiner Reid Schutt 1999 13%abv (Trocken)Crystal yellow green. Clearly different to the FX Pichler example above and this Knoll example seemed a little more backward as well. Granite, grapefruit and hard stone fruit nose. The palate gave way to a multitude of emerging levels of apricots, pears, tightly wound preserved citric fruits, spice and minerals with exotic top notes and mouth puckering Granny Smith acidity. Quite a dense oily texture to this one. This will be an extraordinary wine but leave for at least 5 years to develop. Infanticide on tasting. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

02/02 Emmerich Knoll Riesling Beerenausleses 2000 13.5%abv
Very well structured botrytized wine with a wonderful nose. Spectacular pale gold, full of ripe apricot, orange blossom, bananas skin and spiced kumquat. A lovely complex, elegant and tangy wine with good acid and suitable for long term aging. Leave for 3-5 years. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

01/02 Schloss Gobelsburg Brut Reserve
A "traditional" method sparkler made from 70% Gruner Veltliner, 15% Riesling and 15% Pinot Noir. Hand riddled and disgorged without freezing. Full flavoured. Quite upfront. Very firm mousse. Clean, quite big and full flavoured without too much acid. Very good length. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Gobelsburg Ried Steinsetz Grüner Veltliner 2000
Light, fragrant nose. Clean, fresh attack. Lots of piney (I think my notes say piney - I must learn to write properly!) fruit. Fairly simple. Light and refreshing. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Bründlmayer, Ried Vogelsang, Langenloiser Berg, Grüner Veltliner 2000
More complex nose. Slightly fuller. Distinctly less fruit, but more complex (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Gobelsburg Ried Grub, Grüner Veltliner 2000
Full, slightly rich nose. Clean attack. Fills a lot - very full and quite fat. Possibly just a little disappointing in that it doesn't live up to the expectation raised by the nose and attack. Fermented in steel and matured in large oak barrels for 6-6 months. Really needs to be kept a few years. Fair bit of residual sugar on the finish. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Gobelsburg Ried Lamm, Grüner Veltliner 2000
Slightly fragrant nose, if a bit flat. Good depth and character. Clean & fresh. Fills well and becomes rich and round. Very clean throughout with character. Rather good. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Bründlmayer, Ried Lamm, Grüner Veltliner 2000
Much fuller nose than the Gobelsburg Lamm. Big fat legs. Less fragrant, but a much more serious impression. Very impressive attack. Rich and full though perhaps just a little plasticky especially towards the finish. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Gobelsburg Ried Gaisberg, Riesling 2000
Most unusual nose for a Riesling (unfortunately I've not written down what made it unusual ). Lovely attack. Doesn't fill much, but a gorgeous medium weight Riesling with a nice light acidity. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Bründlmayer, Ried Steinmassl, Riesling 2000
Very flat nose (but served rather warm). Lower acidity, slightly fuller, but lacks the elegance of the Gobelsburger Gaisberg. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Gobelsburg Ried Heiligenstein, Riesling 2000
Full rich nose, rather lacking in fruit. Rather splendid attack. Rich and full. Some acid which comes through on finish. Good, and perhaps not showing at its best. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Bründlmayer Ried Heiligenstein, Riesling 2000
Pleasant and fragrant. Clean, fairly fresh and light-ish. Pales beside the Gobelsburg. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Gobelsburg Riesling Alte Reben 2000 (Geisberg)
Some uncertainty as to the age of the "old vines", except that the monks, from whom Schloss Gobelsburg is now leased, know they were there in around 1958. Rather nice, more clearly Riesling nose. Fairly full attack. Clean, but full and rather rich. Slightly muddy on finish. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Bründlmayer Riesling Alte Reben 2000 (Heiligenstein)
Very rich nose. Full on attack, then actually appears to reduce a little in the mouth as a bit of acid kicks in. Good. Quite heavy and rich. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Gobelsburg Pinot Noir 1996 (from magnum)
Lovely earthy, mushroomy PN nose with soft cherry fruit in the background. Good attack. Smooth and remarkably rich and satisfying. Quite earthy on palate. Nice length. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Bründlmayer Cuvée Cecile, Pinot Noir 1999
Much more closed nose. More forward fruit on palate. Appears much simpler than the Gobelsburg, though that does have a few years' advantage. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Gobelsburg Trockenbeerenauslese 1998 Ried Heiligenstein
Lovely honyed nose. Excellent, bright attack. Rich and intense. Sweet but not at all cloying. Very nice acidity. We had the last bottles of this that the Schloss had available (other, presumably, than in the Moosbruggers' private vinothek). (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Gobelsburg Zöbinger Heiligenstein Beerenauslese 1998
Again a lovely nose. Bit less intense than the TBA (naturally!). Remarkably fresh and fruity, with plenty of pleasing acidity. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Willi Opitz Rosé Madame (sold under the label Fizzy Willy in the UK)
A not unattractive fizz made from equal proportions of three Austrian red grapes: Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt and St Laurent. Delicate salmon pink and a delicate fruity, strawberry nose. Soft, gentle and lots of fruit. I'd swear there was some pinot noir in this, but Willi was adamant not - he puts the PN character down to the St Laurent grape. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Willi Opitz Barrel sample - Welschriesling Qualitaetswein 2001
Finished fermenting (thankfully!) and will be bottled mid January 2002. Harvested early September. Very fresh nose with hints of grapefruit. Lots of fruit on attack. Intensely dry. No doubt it will be sold under some clever name! (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Willi Opitz Barrel sample - Silver Lake 2001
One of the wines sold under the Maclaren Formula One racing label. 50:50 Pinot Gris:Pinot Blanc. The sample was drawn from stainless steel cask - the wine has yet to go into (used) barrique for a year. Bizarre orange peel nose. Full and already remarkably rich. Clean, lush and really very good. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Willi Opitz Barrel sample - Zweigelt 2001
Straight from steel. Deep plummy nose. Quite luscious attack. Bags of fruit and plenty of light tannins. Clean and fresh. Would that all barrel samples were like this! (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Willi Opitz Barrel sample - St Laurent 2001
Fabulous nose. Vaguely pinot noir like, with earthy mushroomy scents. Fairly impressive and bodes well. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Willi Opitz McLaren Pole Position Bouvier 2001
Ah, that well known grape, the bouvier :-) A fresh, fruity nose. Very dry and flinty though lacking in acidity. Very clean, fresh and light with a hint of spice. Attractive. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Willi Opitz Muskat Ottonel 2000
Gorgeous muscat nose. Bright attack. Fresh and dry with remarkably lots of acid. Greatly enhanced by the superior "fish-paste sandwiches" served with it. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Willi Opitz Silver Lake 2000
An equal blend of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. Slightly subdued pinot gris nose. Fairly full - and fills enormously on the palate. Very rich and just off-dry. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Willi Opitz "Rotschenkel" Zweigelt Reserve 2000
Very soft, fruity nose. Very pleasant attack. Soft, but after a while a fair amount of tannins kick in. Full, but a little simple. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Willi Opitz Welschriesling Eiswein 1998
Picked 29th September. Glorious melon and rose nose. Clean and fresh. Lots of acid, but in check. Very clean with intense melon flavours on the palate. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Willi Opitz Opitz One 1997
Sold as Mr President in the USA. A red Trockenbeerenauslese made from Zweigelt. Rusty, brickish colour. Lovely, slightly raisined nose. Very clean, very pure and intense. Remarkable. Quite remarkable. The combination with Danish Blue cheese was positively enlightening. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Willi Opitz Goldackerl Scheurebe Trockenbeerenauslese 1998
An unctuous gold. Fabulous nose - quite scented. Very intense and slightly toffee'd. Very impressive. This was served with vanilla ice-cream with pumpkin seed oil poured over. The ice-cream with the oil was a revelation, but the wine was better without it. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Weingut Christ 001 Grüner Veltliner Bisamberg
A typical Viennese Heurige wine, made for immediate consumption. Very attractive nose - light and spicy with a hint of apple. Very light, very fresh. Lots of fruit. Fairly simple, but quite attractive.

01/02 Weingut Christ 2001 Gelber Muskateller trocken
Rather subdued muscat nose. Full on attack. Fairly rich and round, but rather simple. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Weingut Christ 2000 Grüner Veltliner "Bruch"
Rather closed nose, but fairly rich. Clean and crisp attack. Fills very well. Fairly rich. Excellent length with a nice spiciness after. Good. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Weingut Christ 2000 Weissburgunder "Der Vollmondwein" trocken
Quite a "pale" nose - seems slightly oaked. Hefty legs. Fairly full attack. Good body. Full, clean and quite impressive. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Weingut Christ 2000 Blauer Zweigelt
Been in bottle about a month, after 10 months in used barrique and a further 2 months in large barrels. Soft, cherry nose with a sweetness to it - almost a hint of white chocolate. Very soft, lots of fruit. Fairly simple and perhaps a little young, but no great life ahead of it. Pleasing, soft tannins on finish. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Weingut Christ 2000 Cuvee Mephisto
A barrel sample of a blend of 70% Zweigelt, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Blauburger. Has another 12-14 months in new barriques to go yet. Very big nose. Dark and inky. Full attack already. Very smooth and already enormously rich with great depth. Very hefty tannins apparent on finish. Could be moderately interesting when it's ready. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/02 Weingut Christ 1999 Or Liquide
A Beerenauslese made from the distinctly un-Austrian combination of Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling in equal proportions. Very complex nose. Mango, honey and raisins. Fine attack - quite luscious. Very clean and fresh. Not especially high acidity - just a hint. Rather good - has quite a bit of interest to it. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

08/01 1999 Gruner Veltliner Eiswein Schloss Gobelsburg
Medium gold. Unusual nose. Very intense, very elegant. But a bit odd, like scented wet grass with vanilla, lemongrass and lime. Explosive attack. Fresh and intense and almost alarmingly mouthfilling as it develops in the mouth. Very very clean and elegant - there's a fairly powerful acidity keeping it in excellent balance. Finishes with honeyed essence. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

02/01 1999 Fred Loimer, Gruner Veltliner Trocken "Lois"
Dry on the palate, lemon and grassy. Easy drinking. About 11 US dlrs. Paired with Smoked smalmon on toastpoints. (Shay Flavin, USA)

02/01 1998 Prager, Gruner Veltliner "Federspiel"
On first tasting didn't like this at all but after sitting in the glass for 10 minutes or so the fruit became evident and it was qute delicious, dried apricots is what comes to mind. Paired beautifully with Crab and Oyster Strudel with lime butter chervil. (Shay Flavin, USA)

02/01 1999 Frei Weingartner. Riesling Smaragd Loibenberg
My favourite of the evening and the highest rated by WS (but not the most expensive). Round, complex with a smokiness and a lovely peach fruit mid palate with a spicy finish. About 27 us dlrs. Paired with Braised Rabbit Risotto with crisp leeks and garlic crisps. (Shay Flavin, USA)

02/01 1999 Knoll Riesling Smaragd Loibenberg
Slatey with some soft fruit but not altogether to my liking. Maybe needs time in the bottle. About 46 us dlrs Paired with Veal Tenderloin topped with goats cheese and an almond-mustard seed spaetzle. The least succesful pairing - called for a soft red . (Shay Flavin, USA)

02/01 1999 Kracher Beerenauslese
Frankly I adore beerenauslese's, the nectar, honey etc and this was no exception though in truth the palate was fairly well shot at this late stage of the evening. The Apple cobbler paired with it didn't help! (Shay Flavin, USA)

01/01 Umathum Frauenkirchner St Laurent 1995 Bom Stein Neusiedler See
An unusual red wine from Austria, this is a light red/purple colour with a pungent, herby, slightly medicinal nose. On the palate this is bone dry, quite acidic and a little herbaceous, but with plenty of complexity and interest. It may sound a bit odd from this description, but the overall effect is a pleasurable one, honest! Very good+ (Jamie Goode, UK)

08/00 Erich & Walter Polz, Grassnitzberg Weissburgunder 1998
A delightful full-flavoured Pinot Blanc from Austria. Displays rounded flavours of honey and apples with a crisp balancing acidity and smoky/mineral notes. Really good stuff: tastes a bit like a mature Chablis. Great balance. Very good+ (£7.99 Oddbins) (Jamie Goode, UK)

06/00 1997 Gruner Veltliner, Federspiel Fei Weingartner Wachau.
Bone dry, almost steely or flinty with lime and sharp acidity. However, it had depth and structure and was a really beautifully balanced dry white. Almost like a chablis, but had green fruit in there too. Bit unfair to have it after the sweeter last two. £7.20, Tanners. (David Bates - UK)