Riesling '1000 Eimerberg' Federspiel, Franz Josef Gritsch, Mauritiushof, Wachau, Austria 2017

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Riesling '1000 Eimerberg' Federspiel, Franz Josef Gritsch, Mauritiushof, Wachau, Austria 2017

20.95

If you didn’t need a drink before reading the name of this Austrian Riesling, you probably do now. The clarity of the fruit sits in direct opposition to the inscrutability of the label, but please don’t let that put you off, because once you’ve bypassed the gibberish there lies a deliciously bright, dry and zippy white packed with tinkling citrus fruits and a mollifying squeeze of white nectarine to cool its piquancy, not to mention a silkiness to the texture that escorts the flavours gently across the palate. It’s just fortunate that the advertising agency responsible for the ‘Babycham’ commercials back in the 1970s weren’t asked to make an advert for this instead (“I’ll have a …”). 13.5% alc. Drink now-2025.

Press review:

Jancis Robinson (Richard Hemming): “Superbly expressive – peach and lemon juice, with a twist of piquant spice too – so much openness and flesh, with gorgeous honey and floral character to finish, and great persistence. There’s an almost Muscat-y bouquet on the finish – very impressive flavour range.  Drink now-2028.” 17 points

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