The Wine Society is launching “the world’s first Austrian en primeur offer” with two white wines from the historic Schloss Gobelsburg. 

The online retailer said it has worked with the estate for years and it has now been given exclusive access to select these wines: a grüner veltliner and a riesling from two prime sites in Austria. It is now able to offer them to its members to reserve before they go on to the market.

The Society’s buyer for Austria, Freddy Bulmer, said: “2019 was arguably the best Austrian vintage for a decade, so it is a pleasure to be able to give members access to these wines before anyone else. The grapes were treated to perfect ripening conditions, and the wines have wonderful concentration, freshness and structure.

“Both of these wines will be perfect for drinking in the first couple of years from release, or for leaving and enjoying after seven or eight years. They will start off as focused, taut, high-wire wines, then developing a little puppy fat and cocooning before eventually opening up into delicate yet powerful butterflies which will be around for the long term.”

Schloss Gobelsberg is in the Kamptal region and it has a history dating back to 1740. 

The Schloss Gobelsberg Riesling, Ried Helligenstein 1ÖTW 2019 is described as “a very special riesling”. 

The company said: “This is a superb example of what this grape variety can achieve in the Austrian climate, with a wondrous savoury, pepper-and-spice nose, backed up by hints of lemon and peach. The bone-dry palate shows impressive structure and focus. This will age beautifully.”

It suggests drinking the wine from late 2020 to 2031, and it is priced £110 IBD per six bottle case.

Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner, Ried Lamm 1ÖTW 2019, comes from the Lamm single vineyard. The Wine Society said Lamm produces “full, generous and ethereal wines which are regularly considered to be the best of the best”. It is described as balancing racy acidity, citrus fruit, notes of quince and a uniquely savoury flint and biscuit character.

“This is a complex wine which best drunk either in its first few years or after ten. A truly archetypal grüner which boasts complexity, longevity and depth. Drink from 2021 to 2034. The wine is priced at £120 IBD per 6 bottle case

This offer closes on May 12, with delivery of the wines in Autumn 2020. 

The Wine Society said it will be revealing more “unique en primeur offerings” over the coming weeks.