Buchegger makes very classic style Kremstal wines. The wines are characterized by ripeness and power, but always without botrytis; Walter liked his wines to be clean, fruity, and easy to drink; complex, without being complicated. I tasted 2017’s at the VieVinum fair with Buchegger’s cellar master, Michael Nastl, who had worked at Brundlmayer in the Kamptal for many years before joining the Buchegger team in 2014. Holding back tears, we tasted through a gorgeous line up of 2016’s and 2017’s. Nastl described 2016 as a cool year with quite a bit of rain, which was beneficial to the wines as they are really pushed to absorb the minerals from the soil. He described 2017 as hot and dry. I found that the 2017’s had juicy ripeness and a nice, bright, savory minerality. 2016’s had a striking floral quality on the nose and the signature quality that Buchegger’s wines always have: an approachability that is full of fruit, yet with enough mouthwatering acidity to make you want another sip.
Rich, dark berry juices, finishing with just a touch of toast thanks to the aging in new wood barrels.