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Leindl Riesling Zobinger Heiligenstein Kamptal 2020

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 94 Points
Country:Austria
Region:Kamptal
Winery:Leindl
Grape Type:Riesling
Vintage:2020
Bottle Size:750 ml
Product Description

Leindl Riesling Zobinger Heiligenstein Kamptal is made from 100 percent Riesling.

Medium yellow green. Fine nuances of ripe apricot, a hint of yellow apple, delicate herbs and spices, mineral Touch, hints of candied orange zest. Juicy, elegant, fine stone fruit, touch of finesse acidity, salty minerality in the finish, remains long, already well to drink.

Cold Fermentation. 
Aged on the lees for 12 months in Stainless Steel tank. No Oak. 
No ML

 

Review:

"Aged on the lees for 12 months in stainless steel, this wine saw no oak. Its original name – Hellenstein -- referred to hell stone, as the vineyards are on a mountain where the “sun burns like hell.” It was later renamed Heiligenstein, which translates as holy rock, and is a geological island of desert sandstone, with volcanic matter. Its earthy slate character lends out scents and flavors of honeyed apricot, salty pears, and stone fruit pith."

-The Tasting Panel (May/June 2022), 94 pts

Winery: Leindl

Leindl Estate

Georg Leindl has been a flying winemaker since 1989 at numerous wineries. 
He has worked with and rented space from Nigl for some time. 
He is currently working from 5 hectares of vineyards but he is planning on moving to 12 hectares in time.

Date Founded: 2013

Owner: Georg Leindl
Winery Philosophy: We connect Tradition & Innovation

Georg Leindl has been in the wine industry for quite some time, and in 2013, he decided to created his own Estate. 
He studied Food and Biotechnology; He was a researcher at the Federal College for Oenology and Pomology  at  Klosterneuburg. He has also been a consultant in Oenology for International and National companies.

Winery Acreage: 5 hectares (12.35 acres) moving to 12 hectares (29.6 acres)
Winery Production: 6,000 cases / 9L cases
Varietals Produced: Grüner Veltliner and Riesling
and a little Viognier too.
Winemaker: Georg Leindl

Grüner Veltliner is coming from the Seeberg vineyard. Total acreage is 2 hectares (4.94 acres)
Riesling is coming from the Heiligenstein vineyard. Total acreage is 3 hectares (7.41 acres)

Age of the vines is roughly 15 to 35 years old.

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