Vinaria Weinguide 2012
As was previously announced, in the difficult vintage 2010 Andi Kollwentz has made the uncompromising decision to limit the estate’s premium red wine offering to the monovarietal Pinot Noir from Ried Dürr, the Blaufränkisch ‘Leithagebirge’ and the Eichkogel cuvée of Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt. These latter two wines profit from the decision, and possess an uncommon sense of concentration and radiant power thanks to the material coming from the top vineyard sites Point, Haussatz and Setz.
Otherwise, the top monovarietal Blaufränkers from vineyards Ried Point and Ried Setz in the 2009 vintage have developed in outstanding fashion, promising future greatness, as does the Cuvée Steinzeiler, presented now for the first time. While Anton Kollwentz firmly emphasises that the red wine vintage 2009 is the best in his experience for the last 30 years – even since the 1979 vintage – Andi Kollwentz, when asked about the current state of things is carefully willing to state that the 2011 vintage reds, currently slumbering peacefully in their casks, will be in no way inferior to the 2009s in matters of expression and concentration.
And the white wine portfolio offers a familiar picture, led by the uncommonly powerful Sauvignon Blanc and the Chardonnay Leithabirge from 2011. From the 2010 vintage, the two barrique-matured top Chardonnays are currently running neck-and-neck, so that it becomes a matter of personal taste if one prefers the body and charm of the Tatschler or the elegance and breed of the Gloria.