Austria 2019

We are delighted to present the latest releases from Austria's stunning 2019 vintage. These wines, from seven producers all based in the world-class regions of Wachau, Kremstal and Kamptal, are incredible examples of Riesling and Gruner Veltliner you'll be thrilled to find in your cellar.


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2019 Grüner Veltliner Treu, Federspiel, Mathias Hirtzberger, Wachau

Dry | White | Still

Floral and delicate on the nose, there’s notes of lemon sherbet and a hint of tarragon on the palate. There's so much energy: this is mouth tingling and very long. An impressive wine for the price.

Young: 2021 - 2030

2019 Grüner Veltliner Spitaler, Smaragd, Mathias Hirtzberger, Wachau

Dry | White | Still

Quite rich and broad on the nose, there’s a lovely herbal element here which keeps it very focussed. There’s plenty of bitter orange and also a pomegranate character, with notes of rose petal alongside. Pure, long, and complex.

Young: 2022 - 2038

2019 Riesling Ried Loibenberg, Federspiel, Weingut Knoll, Wachau

Dry | White | Still

Very floral and elegant, there’s a lightness of touch here. Notes of orange blossom and plenty of citrus zest, and just a hint of spearmint on the finish. Vibrant.

Young: 2021 - 2033

2019 Riesling Ried Pfaffenberg, Kabinett, Weingut Knoll, Wachau

Dry | White | Still

Really lovely lemon sherbet character to this, with notes of wild flowers, and just a hint of bitter orange. The finish is very clean and dry, and there’s excellent persistence.

Young: 2021 - 2033

2019 Grüner Veltliner Loibner, Federspiel, Weingut Knoll, Wachau

Dry | White | Still

Plenty of lime on the nose, with a hint of spice, and sea spray, too. The palate is so vibrant and focussed. Beautiful tension, with a grippy, mouthwatering finish. Stunningly good value.

Young: 2021 - 2033
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2019 Grüner Veltliner Ried Loibenberg, Smaragd, Weingut Knoll, Wachau

Dry | White | Still

This needs plenty of swirling, but with air come notes of blood orange, and plenty of creamy minerality. The palate is powerful and intense, with lots of spice and a very savoury, saline finish. Impressive.

Young: 2022 - 2040
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2019 Riesling Ried Loibenberg, Smaragd, Weingut Knoll, Wachau

Dry | White | Still

Really explosive and intense on the nose, with notes of grapefruit pith, as well as some minty, herbal notes. Very long and focussed, but with impressive weight, this is a stunningly pure expression.

Young: 2022 - 2045
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2019 Riesling Ried Kellerberg, Smaragd, Weingut Knoll, Wachau

Dry | White | Still

Such a pure, focussed, explosive wine, the 2019 Kellerberg is a future legend. This is so tense and textured, but with such depth and weight to the fruit. A finish that lasts for minutes, and a texture that coats the mouth. Bravo.

Young: 2022 - 2045
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2019 Grüner Veltliner Ried Schutt, Smaragd, Weingut Knoll, Wachau

Dry | White | Still

A relatively opulent nose, with notes of ripe lemons and Seville oranges, and a hint of candied pineapple. There’s lovely weight on the palate, but with dancing acidity, and plenty of spice. Outstanding length.

Young: 2022 - 2040
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2019 Riesling Burgstall Federspiel, F.X. Pichler

Dry | White | Still

Burgstall is a sunny site, yet the constant prevailing wind ensures that it’s one of the later ripening vineyards here. That leads to an interplay between intense fruit and a cool freshness. This is racy, rich, and delicious.

Young: 2021 - 2035

2019 Grüner Veltliner Ried Liebenberg Smaragd, F.X. Pichler

Dry | White | Still

The Liebenberg vineyard - or “love mountain” - is all planted to Grüner, with vines aged up to 65 years old. Spicy and intense, it’s a wine all about texture and complexity, with spice, herbal notes, and intense fruit all swirling from the glass.

Young: 2022 - 2042
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2019 Riesling Ried Kellerberg Smaragd, F.X.Pichler

Dry | White | Still

Many of those in the know call Kellerberg one of the Wachau’s greatest vineyards. Here, a large diurnal range ensures wines that are impeccably ripe, but also with racy acidity and stunning definition of fruit. This is a true Grand Cru.

Young: 2022 - 2050
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2019 Riesling Ried Steinertal Smaragd, F.X.Pichler

Dry | White | Still

A cooler site, the Steinertal yields to Rieslings of pure elegance and definition, with plenty of white pepper, and fresh white peaches. There’s bracing acidity, and a cleansing, tonic-like finish. A real delight.

Young: 2022 - 2042
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2019 Grüner Veltliner 'M' Smaragd, F.X. Pichler

Dry | White | Still

M stands for monumental, and this wine is only made in the finest vintages here. It comes from select parcels, and is picked later than the other wines. That makes it a richer, more powerful, more intense expression of Grüner. Tiny production, and not to be missed in 2019.

Young: 2022 - 2044
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2019 Riesling Steinterrassen, Federspiel, Franz Hirtzberger, Wachau

Dry | White | Still

A blend of Setzberg, Hochrain and Singerriedel, this is a stunning value white. Picked a few weeks before the Smaragd, it’s incredibly pure and delicate on the nose, while there’s density on the palate, and a long, focussed finish. This is elegant, yet explosive.

Young: 2021 - 2032

2019 Riesling Setzberg, Smaragd, Franz Hirtzberger, Wachau

Dry | White | Still

The coolest site at almost 300m of altitude, on gneiss soils, this is so vibrant and energetic. Notes of lime blossom and grapefruit pith, and such a stony, mineral texture. This is long, pure, and incredibly focussed. Such a delight.

Young: 2022 - 2040

2019 Riesling Singerriedel, Smaragd, Franz Hirtzberger, Wachau

Dry | White | Still

From the vineyard just behind the winery, this is a true Austrian Grand Cru. So elegant, finessed and expressive on the nose. There’s notes of wet stones and vibrant acidity. This is beguiling, and so, so long. It’s a cerebral wine - one that encourages reflection. But it does so while remaining delicious.

Young: 2023 - 2050
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2019 Riesling Kögl 1.ÖTW, Rainer Wess, Kremstal

Dry | White | Still

This is a south-facing vineyard that’s protected from the strongest winds, and the wine results in a really rather opulent expression of Riesling, but one with lovely purity to the fruit. With coaxing come notes of nectarine and peach, as well as a floral element. The palate has nice roundness to it, with a generosity and creaminess, but still the explosive freshness that marks out the 2019s.

Young: 2022 - 2036

2019 Riesling Pfaffenberg 1.ÖTW, Rainer Wess, Kremstal

Dry | White | Still

From a steep, south-east facing vineyard, located very close to the Danube, this site sees extreme temperatures and lots of wind. More intense and savoury than the Kogl, there’s loads of fresh acidity and lots of grip on the palate. This is very long and saline, with excellent purity to the fruit.

Young: 2022 - 2036

2019 Gemischter Satz, Rainer Wess, Kremstal

Dry | White | Still

This is a field blend of Grüner Veltliner, Muskateller, Sauvignon Blanc, Frühroter Veltliner, Müller Thurgau, Chardonnay and Neuburger, all from cooler sites, fermented together. Lovely nose of mandarin oranges and creamy citrus. So explosive on the palate, with mouthwatering acidity, and a savoury, saline finish. Delicious and cleansing.

Young: 2021 - 2030
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2019 Grüner Veltliner Ried Grub 1.ÖTW, Schloss Gobelsburg, Kamptal

Dry | White | Still

This is from relatively high up the slope, from a well-protected site. There’s a pepperiness here, and a ripe peach character. Lovely acidity and intensity, and a crystalline purity marks this out. There’s a savoury, mouthwatering finish, with just a hint of candied orange peel.

Young: 2022 - 2036

2019 Riesling Gaisberg 1.ÖTW, Schloss Gobelsburg, Kamptal

Dry | White | Still

A really beautiful nose on the 2019 Gaisberg, that comes from some of the winery’s oldest vineyards. This is sometimes called the baby Heliginstein, due to the similarities in terroir. The palate is so intense and concentrated, but with a lightness of touch about it. Notes of honeysuckle and pure lemon oil last for minutes. Bravo.

Young: 2022 - 2036
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2019 Grüner Veltliner Ried Renner 1.ÖTW, Schloss Gobelsburg, Kamptal

Dry | White | Still

From the Gaisberg vineyard, this is from the slope. It is very intense, with plenty of cool acidity: this is so explosive and powerful. There’s a smoky character to the minerality, with a finish that lasts for minutes. Brilliant at this price.

Young: 2021 - 2034
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2019 Riesling Stein Schieferterrassen, Stadt Krems, Kremstal

Dry | White | Still

A lovely floral element to the nose on this Riesling, with honeysuckle, and even rose petal shining through. There’s a beautiful creaminess to the fruit here: this is so approachable, and so delicious. The finish has notes of white peach, and a vibrancy and energy that’s hard to ignore. Excellent value.

Young: 2021 - 2030

2019 Riesling Schreck, Stadt Krems, Kremstal

Dry | White | Still

Schreck means fright in German, and takes its name from the watchmen who would scare away potential grape thieves. It’s an incredibly steep site, and in 2019 has crafted a layered, complex, and enduring Riesling. There’s a ripeness to the fruit, with notes of candied pineapple, and exotic spices. Quite a hedonistic wine, glorious in 2019.

Young: 2022 - 2038

2019 Grüner Veltliner Stein, Stadt Krems, Kremstal

Dry | White | Still

A charming Grüner with plenty of ripeness and intensity to the fruit. Notes of tarragon and white pepper, and a real grip to the palate. There’s an impressive texture here, and a long and mouthwatering finish. This is an outstanding Grüner, and a brilliant introduction to the style.

Young: 2021 - 2030
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