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Awarded a Platinum Medal and 97 points at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).
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Located in the prestigious Kamptal-Donau wine region of Austria, Weingut Rabl is a byword for wines of the highest quality. The winery enjoys a wine growing tradition dating back to 1750. Now under the careful eye of Rudolf Rabl Jr. the estate comprises 100 hectares of the best hillside vineyards in and around Langenlois. The Kamp Valley has a unique microclimate and rich soils with an abundance of minerals. Rudolf Rabl combines these natural resources with sustainable practices in the vineyard and modern winemaking techniques to produce a multi-award winning range of complex wines.
The grapes for this wine are grown on terraces in one of Kamptal's great vineyards, Ried Schenkenbichl, where the soil has a high content of limestone, as well as loess and amphibolite (a coarse-grained metamorphic rock) with quartz. The terraces face south giving them maximum sunlight exposure.
The 2016 vintage experienced a cool spring, followed by a summer with high amounts of precipitation. However, late August and September brought a period of sunny and stable weather conditions, enabling the grapes to reach maturity, resulting in a good balance between sugar, ripeness and acidity.
Some of this wine is fermented and matured in 500-litre oak barrels, while the rest is vinified in stainless steel. This helps give the wine complexity and character.
Ripe apricot, pineapple, candied lemon peel and floral aromas abound on the nose. The makers tell us that the wine is "totally delicious and harmonious", starting with the crisp palate, which leads to flavours of freshly cut apricots, white pepper and herbs. It has a good balance and length. It is true to the typicity expected of Gruner Veltliner in both flavour and texture.