Saturday, May 21, 2011

Wess versus Moser

Delving into the array of Austrian whites received recently...and choosing the 'simpler' bottles first.
The Wess was priced at € 19,-- and the Sepp Moser at € 16,-- although checking the invoice I saw that the Merchant had not charged for this bottle. A nice touch!
Both tried over 3 days...the Wess on day 1, then the Moser, and on day three a re-try to see how they had developed.

Rainer Wess
Grüner Veltliner Pfaffenberg 2009

Wachau, Austria
To quote "Some of the grapes come from plantings located in Kremstal (even though they are situated right next to Loibenberg) and the rest are from Wachau vineyards that almost reach the Danube (where Loibenberg is about 300 m from the river). The soils are mostly sandy clay with underlying primary gneiss. The warm southeast facing provides enough fruit to make it accessible, but Pfaffenberg's steeply terraced rocky plantings dominate the wine."

Relaxed smell...soft pears...really very smooth, soft & oily...good concentration and ready now...and only with plenty of airing do you get any minerals...not much pepper is this one. On day three I tried it after the Moser...and it seemed flat compared.
Points 16

Sepp Moser
Grüner Veltliner Breiter Rain 2009

Kremstal, Austria
To quote "The Sepp Moser Estate was founded by the famous Austrian wine producing pioneer, Lenz Moser. Lenz Moser's son, Sepp Moser, began operating under his own name in 1987 and handed over the direction of this family-owned estate to his own son Nikolaus in the year 2000. The Sepp Moser Estate comprises of 50 acres of vineyards in two prominent wine regions; Kremstal (22 ha) and Neusiedlersee (28 ha). The name ”Breiter Rain” means broad (Breiter) uncultivated piece of land (rain, old german word) and is one of the best sites of the Kremstal region!"

A bouncy nose...herby citrus, sour apples (better than it sounds)...a constant interest...delicious palate...honeyed, waxy fruit...lively acidity...good finish...and on day 3 was still hitting the spots...never boring...and at the price (oh..I forgot..I got it free)
Points 16.5

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