Weinlaubenhof Kracher, Österreich
Tropenfrucht und kräuterwürze in der Nase, am Gaumen Stachelbeeren, zitronig, ananas, etwas Vanille und Blütenhonig, gut eingebundenes Holz, langanhaltender, frischer Abgang.
From 25-year-old vines (low-yielding Burgundian clones with very small berries) on Illmitzs gravel soils, the 2015 Chardonnay "Kreuz" aged for two years in low-toasted new barriques. This 2015 displays intense fruit, and on the palate, this is a full-bodied, fresh yet richly extracted and tightly structured Chardonnay with a long, fresh, salty, super tensioned and finessed finish. A stunning new entry into the Kracher portfolio. Gerhard discovered the dry Chardonnays his father Alois had made in 1992, 1993 and 1994, which were amazing, so he decided to produce it again, though its not clear if his father harvested the same vineyards.
92/100 The Wine Advocate / Stephan Reinhardt