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Radoar – Villa Favorita 2015

Muller Thurgau 2013
Fresh linear mineral yet a little open too. Subtlety of texture.

Etza 2013 (mt)
A little more vibrant on the nose, a little wilder and greener. Quite intense on the palate, but still very fresh and good pithiness.

Radoy 2013 (Kerner)
A little shyer on the nose with more green apple notes. Very vibrant explosive fruit on the palate, quite juicy and some RS too. Nice texture, not sure about the 25g of sugar, but then it would get pretty warm.

Zweigelt 2013
Kind of earthy meaty notes, dried red fruits. Fresh on the palate, but that meatiness comes through on the palate. A bit different to done Austrian examples I’ve tasted.

Loach 2012 (zwiegelt, pinot nero)
More intense also more closed on the nose. More tannic, less meaty, very subtle spice notes.

Radoar Muller Thurgau

Radoar Muller Thurgau

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Elena Walch – Prowein 2015

Pinot Bianco 2014
Excellent freshness brightness with just enough pithy texture. Looking good, needs to settle a bit.

Pinot Grigio 2014
A bit shyer on the nose, crunchier but fuller and warmer on the palate.

Castel Ringberg Pinot Grigio 2013
Nice intensity and depth, but still a good clean finish, rounder and still very fresh. Slightly toasty barrel savoury.

Kastelaz Pinot Bianco 2013
Richer fuller and much more textural, long on the palate but still with a bit of fruit sweetness.

Castel Ringberg Sauvignon 2013
Nice rich ripe style, solid varietal character without being too obvious.

Gewürztraminer 2014
Extremely fresh, textured but not fat, extremely oily or sweet.

Kastelaz Gewürztraminer 2013
Really fantastic, one of the best examples you are likely to find. Not fat or oily, focused with exceptional texture.

Pinot Nero 2013
Solid. Super solid. Fresh light and bright.

Ludwig Pinot Nero 2012
Denser sweeter dark fruit, more intense but still quite light and fresh, very classic in style. Oak there but not too oppressive.

Castel Ringberg Lagrein 2010
Slightly sweeter more oaky expression of the variety but still retaining that slight herbal spiciness.

Kermesse Cuvée 2011
Big wine, but very fresh, intense but not oaky. Bold tannins, lagrein makes a nice addition.

Karolina Walch with the Beyond the Clouds 2012

Karolina Walch with the Beyond the Clouds 2012

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Elena Walch – 16/06/2014

Pinot Grigio 2013 (screwcap)
Nice clean fresh pure varietal character. Very clean bright inoffensive fresh style. A little too easy.

Pinot Bianco 2013
A bit squeakier on the nose, a little sweeter and broader in the fruit structure, rolls a bit more on the palate. No less fresh and clean.

Castel Ringberg Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Quite ripe guava passion fruit. Great ripeness without being fat, juicy fresh and concentrated varietal notes.

Gewürztraminer 2013
Soapy fresher expression, initially warm but finishing clean. Nice subtle fruit notes.

Rosé 2013 (Pinot Nero, Merlot & Lagrein)
Quite candied and pretty, strawberries and cream. A tad on the sweet side, good fruit fresh balance. Extremely safe wine.

Castel Ringberg Kalterersee 2013 Schiava
Very pretty sweet berry wine nose, exceptionally inviting, sweet and spicy at the same time. Really lovely.

Pinot Nero 2012
Nice and light, very fresh and fruit driven. Good quality.

Lagrein 2013
On the closed side at the moment, but quite pretty. Quite tight at the moment, focused acids and tannins, good length for the quality. Nice personality.

Castel Ringberg Lagrein 2009
Sweet plummy cherry wood notes, a little bit more maderised in a modern way. Far too oaky and sweet.

Ludwig Pinot Nero 2011
More powerful expression of the variety, a lot more classic style. But style very vibrant and fresh, with much more structure and finesse, length too.

Cashmere 2010 Gewürztraminer Passito
Really rich intense floral fruit honeyed nose. Quite thick and sticky, some food freshness and balance. Some mature cheese rind notes.

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Manni Nössing – 16/06/2014

2013 Sylvaner
Slightly more dense fruit, less floral, approaching green apricots. Crisp light fresh and precise, friendly acids, nice fruit balance. Good enough for the price.

2013 Gruner Veltliner
60% in Austrian acacia
Deep sweet florals. Wonderful concentration and precision, clean finish, a little bit of length, a hint if texture but just missing the minerality of Austrian examples. A little bit of saltiness though.

2012 Riesling
Really lifted sherbet notes, really intense floral minerality. Nice and juicy, broad but consistent, a bit of sweet texture. Actually pretty good!

2013 Kerner
Really fruity, lots of white peach and green nectarine. Really bright fresh fruits, nice length and texture, clean and pure but very lively. Good clean drinking.

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Tiefenbrunner – 19/03/2012

Pinot Bianco 2011
Actually had complexity and character in comparison to their equivalents north of the Alps.

Pinot Grigio 2011
Somewhere between the more familiar Italian style of crispness and freshness, and the rich slightly sweet alcoholic pinot gris style of Alsace. Texture and complexity, but dry and far from cloying. The higher up in quality with these varieties, the denser and more complex they become and the higher the potential for ageing.

Kirchleiten Sauvignon 2010 and 2011
Both on the sweaty and reductive side, with some complexity but lacking finesse and restraint.

Feldmarschall Muller Thurgau 2010, 2008 and 2007
Showed the potential for ageing, but also the need to have a cool and long vintage, as the 2007 was slightly too warm and the wine was falling away.

Pinot Nero Riserva 2009
Quite a robust caramel and coconut nose, showing a little too much oak and a tad heavy-handed on the tannins.

Lagrein Riserva 2009
By comparison is very full and complex, with soft tannins and great acids but a tad closed and youthful. It is a wine to be drunk now and cellared for later.

Linticlarus Cuvee 2009
A blend of Bordeaux varieties, had a slight menthol black olive nose and quite intense tannin and acidity, which has a lot to do with it being cabernet franc led.

Riserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Wonderful dark earthy nose with serious depth and complexity a soft tannins.

Some ines destined for Australia

Some ines destined for Australia

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Hofstatter – 20/03/2012

Kolbenhoff Gewurztraminer 2010
A nice subtle and earthy density, quite bold and textural without sweetness or overt viscosity.

Barthenau Vigna Ste. Michelle Pinot Bianco 2009
Showed very clean pure and fresh citrus notes on the nose, but with very intense crunchy acids and concentration of fruit and texture on the palate.

Kolbenhofer Vernatsch/Schiava 2010
Very light closed nose, soft light tannins and fruit, and is a wine that would go great with tomato based dishes.

Barthenau Pinot Nero 2007
Reductive red cherry tightness on the nose, depth and solid fruit, but at the moment the alcohol and oak are a little strong.

Steinraffler Lagrein 2008
Soft and mellow, with powerful yet supple tannins, but was a little simple and lacked depth and personality.

Hofstatter wine bar

Hofstatter wine bar

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Alois Lageder – 20/03/2012

Gaun Chardonnay 2011
Very flinty and fresh, with exceptional balance on the palate, you wouldn’t know that it had 100% malolactic fermentation.

Porer Pinot Grigio 2011
Earthy and red berry concentration, and was softer and deeper than its equivalent in the Alois Lageder range.

Krafuss Pinot Noir 2008
Very elegant and light, with fantastic structure and personality

Lindenberg Lagrein 2008
Structure elegance and supple tannins.

The historic castle with the Dolomites behind

The historic castle with the Dolomites behind

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Elena Walch – 20/03/2012

Castel Ringberg Pinot Grigio 2010
A slightly creamy orchard fruit richness on the nose, with finesse and a hint of sweet spice on the palate.

Selezione Gewürztraminer 2011
A talcy classic gwt nose with some rose petal and turkish delight, and had great balance between opulence and freshness on the palate.

Selezione Lagrein 2010
Juicy and intense black fruit and spice notes, had very bold tannins on the front palate but clean and fresh on the back.

Kermesse 2007
A blend of 20% of each of syrah, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot and lagrein, is robust in oak character but it is much better integrated with the fuller fruit and tannin elements.

The Elena Walch

The Elena Walch

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Manincor – 21/03/2012

Eichhorn Pinot Bianco 2010
Deep but delicately youthful and closed, with balanced texture and concentrated harmony.

Sophie Chardonnay 2010
Very contained leesy citrus nose, showing lemon curd and peach skin characters, retaining some crispness with the oak and lees texture influence.

Di Lieben Eich Sauvignon 2010
Bright mineral notes reminiscent of chablis, purity and elegance with texture and restraint to boot.

Mason Pinot Nero 2009
Very delicate, almost too quiet on the nose, with fresh acids and light tannins and fruit.

Mason di Mason Pinot Nero 2009
By comparison had a much stalkier and earthier concentration on the nose, showing at the same time ruby-red cherry and mineral notes, with more ageing potential.

Cassiano 2009
Equal blend of syrah, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot and tempranillo. Full yet bright, soft and mellow yet tannic and warm, dense but not heavy or alcoholic, it had great focus and complexity and will age wonderfully.

Bio-dynamic lawn mowers

Bio-dynamic lawn mowers

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Cantina Terlano – 21/03/2012

Terlaner 2011 DOCG
A blend of pinot bianco (60%), chardonnay (30%) and sauvignon blanc (10%). Bright juicy yellow apple nose, light yet rich and textural on the palate with some nice warmth and ripeness.

Vorberg Pinot Bianco Riserva 2009
Very closed subtle nose, but on the palate had great focus, purity and restraint, with a lightly creamy lees derived texture.

Vorberg Pinot Bianco Riserva 2004
A lot bolder with stone fruit and more prominent oak, and looked a little clunky.

Chardonnay 1999
Sat on lees for ten years in tank, extremely subtle and hauntingly familiar with soft and gentle acids but plenty of life left in it.

Lagrein Rose 2011
Lovely and fresh, great fruit characters and a savoury edge, a bit dark and stormy too.

Gries Lagrein Riserva 2009
Lovely and soft on the palate, great intensity and spice, full in fruit without being too heavy.

Porphyr Lagrein Riserva 2009
A deeper chocolate spice element, fuller and more intense on the palate, showing more oak as well.

The Cantina Terlano range

The Cantina Terlano range

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