97 points Wine Enthusiast
"The lemon note on the nose is tender yet focused and pure. The concentrated palate comes off as crystalline in nature, almost fragile. The mentholated freshness lingers on the palate. Drink by 2050." *Cellar Selection*
96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2019 Ried Dr. Wunsch Riesling, from a very steep, predominantly terraced, south-facing vineyard with vines about 17 years old, opens with a precise and crunchy, terroir-driven bouquet of crushed slate and ripe but elegant and subtle fruit aromas that do not serve any grape variety profiles but intertwine entirely with the terroir expression. Concentrated, salty, piquant and fresh, this is a linear, tensioned and elegant but entirely terroir-driven Riesling from naked red slate and quartzite soils (this info is for you advanced Riesling nerds). No pillow on your palate, just broken stones and this beautiful Riesling with its fine tannins and juicy fruit. The wine is based on "perfectly ripe grapes," says Wohlmuth, who harvested the grapes at about 19° KMW and without any botrytis. (The KMW, or Klosterneuburger Mostwaage scale, is similar to the Oechsle scale, but instead of density, the KMW measures the sugar content of the must.) The must fermented spontaneously in large old wooden barrels until Easter of the following year. The bottling took place in September 2020, after almost a year on the full lees. The red slate with its numerous quartz inclusions gives this wine an unmistakable character. I dare say that this could be a great Riesling from the upper Nahe or from Lorch/Rheingau as well, which means: From all the Austrian Riesling terroirs, the Dr. Wunsch in the Kitzeck district is, aesthetically, the most "German" one. Its purity, finesse and salinity combined with lemon juice on the finish is absolutely fascinating. This is a fabulous wine that can be cellared for about three decades."
Vinous Reverie Notes
Kitzeck im Sausal is a village that deserves high praise. That’s because it boasts the highest-in-elevation wine estates in Austria. But it takes more than a mountaintop to create great wine. It takes many generations of the Wohlmuth family who have been making 100% single-estate-grown wine here since 1803! The Reid Dr. Wunsch terroir has red quartzite slate soils and the vineyard has 100% steep gradient. The altitude is 500-550m. Because of this location, the grapes are selected and picked by hand. They are given a short maceration time, with gentle and slow whole-grape pressing. They undergo spontaneous fermentation in old wooden casks. After fermentation the wine is aged on yeast for 10 months. Tasting Notes: Concentrated aromas of mandarin, pineapple, apricot and lime zest, complex minerality.