Willi Bründlmayer’s organically run estate is the best dry white wine producer in Austria outside the Wachau and it rivals the best of those. About 60ha of lyre-trained vineyards occupy sites around the town of Langenlois. The most outstanding of these is Zöbinger Heiligenstein, producing superb Rieslings with depth, power and vibrant ripe fruit; still fuller and more complex is an Alte Reben (old vines) example. A fine mineral-edged Steinmassel Riesling is also produced but Grüner Veltliner is at least as important, with full, flavoursome examples with green peppercorn and yellow plum fruit, particularly lush and ripe in the Ried Lamm bottling. Top examples of each deserve to be drunk with 4–5 years’ age, while regular Kamptaler Terrassen examples (from a blend of sites), which show good fruit if not the same style or concentration, can be drunk young. Though Grüner Veltliner (Ried Loiser Berg and Ried Kaferberg are two more fine examples) and Riesling account for more than half of what is produced, a well-balanced, ripe, medium-weight Chardonnay that avoids being too oaky or leesy is also good. Traditional-method sparkling wine and some Pinot Noir (Cécile) are also made, as are occasional sweet but superb Beerenauslese and TBA from both Grüner Veltliner and Riesling.
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