Saturday, April 03, 2021

Clemens Strobl

Discovering a fairly unknown property still gives me great pleasure.
Clemens Strobl in Kirchberg, Wagram is one case.

Clemens Strobl is a family business in the second generation. Uncomplicated and not bound by tradition. Experimentation and curiosity is their aim. With passion and enthusiasm. Mixed culture instead of monoculture. These are the key points of winemaker Clemens Strobl's philosophy. Only his own grapes are hand-selected and carefully processed. With his wine manufactory, he fully concentrates on organic viticulture with an appreciation for flora and fauna. Birdhouses and beehives are small signs of the times. When it comes to vinification, it's then a case of "less is more". Spontaneous fermentation is a must and aging is in stainless steel, wooden barrel and concrete egg. Pure, terroir-focused wines that are fun to drink. Extract-rich finesse and elegance provide, thanks to the relatively light alcohol for high drinking flow. Hence my later gulping note!! 

During my writing cramp last year I tried a few of the properties Grüner Veltliner.
The top one...
Pfaff (Pfaffenberg) 2016 had impressed.

Finally got round to the Riesling of the same vintage.

Clemens Strobl Paffenberg Riesling 2016

Vines are 35 years old.
A gentle whiff of petrol...gets me every time. Aromas of peaches. Slightly smoky, then comes the stone fruit. Peach flavours, thrilling harmony...tried not to gulp this...a riverting Riesling....sumptuous and with an elegant creaminess.
Points 18.25

Italian-style food with the wine...Bruschetta and Pasta Bavette Nero Carbonari.

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