Leo Alzinger Wachau
The wines of this small 8 ha estate are difficult to obtain but are some of the best of the Wachau. Leo Alzinger now works with his son (also called Leo) to produce slightly more Grüner Veltliner than Riesling from top sites including Loibenberg and Steinertal. These wines are typically intense, taut and steely when young but with an underlying richness and concentration. As they evolve, their true class, minerality and considerable complexity become apparent. At least 5 years’ age is required. More accessible if slightly less classy are Riesling and Grüner Veltliner from Liebenberg while there’s a fine concentrated example of Grüner (especially the Smaragd version) from the Mühlpoint site below Steinertal. As well as Riesling and Grüner Veltliner from other sites, a little of a Reserve Grüner Veltliner and a Chardonnay are also made but have not yet been tasted.
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