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Regional Spotlight Kamptal, Austria

Regional Spotlight Kamptal, Austria

Winding through the steep hilly terraces and 3,800 hectares of vineyards is the Kamp river, which gives the name to the prestigious wine region of Kamptal. Kamptal is one of Austria’s most prestigious wine regions that has been producing wine for over 2,000 years.

The gneiss, sandstone loess and gravel soils produce some of the finest dry flinty Riesling, rich spicy Gruner Veltliner. As well as the regional red variety of Zweigelt and Pinot Noir. Kamptal benefits from warm days from the Pannonian plain heat in the East and cooler nights from the Waldviertel region towards the North West.

Kamptal received a DAC classification in 2008 to make a distinction between two styles of the classic wines. The Classic certified wines have a lighter fresher style. While the Reserve are more fuller-bodied, have a greater concentration and at least 13% of alcohol.

Below you will find some great examples of this impressive region, whose scores reflect the quality production. Andreas often suggests pairing these wines with grilled fish and fresh seafood or spicy ethnic cuisines. A few he says are even best to savor on their own.

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Martin & Anna Arndorfer – Von den Terrassen 1979 2013
Austria – Kamptal – Roter Veltliner – White
89 Points
“Again these notes of freshly crushed apple with lemon and lime zest. The palate appears slightly younger than the nose. It has some evolution. Quite an elevated acidity on the finish. Medium towards long finish.”

Nigl – Privat Senftenberger Pellingen 1.ÖTW 2013
Austria – Kamptal – Grüner Veltliner – White
92 Points
“Quite lush and bold fruit, apricot, peach. Good purity of fruit, no indication of oak. Good bite on the palate. That is really a lot of pleasure on the palate there. Nice, bold fruit, peppery and spicy notes. Really warming.”

Schloss Gobelsburg – Ried Heiligenstein 1.ÖTW Riesling Reserve 2008
Austria – Kamptal – White
94 Points
“But still with a beautiful flavour intensity here. Underlined by a stony minerality. A very vital freshness but layers of juicy yellow fruit. Discreet spiciness like sweet pepper, saffron on the finish. Very long and lingering. A wine I would love to drink now, today or tomorrow, with a fine meal. Very good.”

Weingut Johann Topf – Riesling Heiligenstein 1.ÖTW Reserve 1999
Austria – Kamptal – White
93 Points
“A sensation of sweetness like caramel, dried flower. Yet, with a very good degree of purity. No hint of oxidation, what so ever. Beautiful freshness here. I think this is truly a fine combination of that lush, stone fruit that emerges with age. With some fine spice notes.”

Weingut Bründlmayer – Zöbinger Heiligenstein 1.ÖTW Riesling Alte Reben 2011
Austria – Kamptal – White
92 Points
“Very good bite on the palate. Medium-weight but with lots of flavour intensity. Fine extract like lemon and lime zest. Slightly more tropical fruit on the finish, like fresh pineapple. Nicely mouth-watering. Long and lingering finish.”

Weingut Birgit Eichinger – Grüner Veltliner Lamm 1.ÖTW Reserve 2014
Austria – Kamptal – White
89 Points
“Good bite on the palate. Generous spiciness there. A little bit more than medium weight. It has a good degree of fruitiness there, yellow stone fruit. Fine extract as well. Good purity, freshness and a long lingering finish.”

Rudolf Rabl – Grüner Veltliner Käferberg Alte Reben Reserve 2013
Austria – Kamptal – White
90 Points
“Good grip on the palate, combining that tropical fruitiness, with a nice backbone of acidity. There is also a balanced bitterness that gives a good sensation of freshness, like grapefruit and lemon zest. Classical peppery spiciness on the finish I would say.”