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More notes on Barbara's small winery, on the Kamptal, below.
Barbara Öhlzelt, the Kamptal and why have you never heard of her?
This is a complex question, and not a particularly easy one to answer. The first, and perhaps most obvious answer is that Barbara has only been farming for about 15 years. She has been learning her craft and, as I wrote above, 2020 is for me a break-through vintage. However, it's worth noting that this region - the Kamptal - has been dominated by a number of larger estates for many decades. Most of the estates we know in the U.S. are 20-60 hectares in size. In many ways they simply control the discourse in the U.S. The scale is important: Barbara is farming less than 7 hectares in total. Taking all of the parcels Barbara farms in all three of the Grand Cru sites discussed today comes to a grand total of only about one hectare! Beyond the history and scale, I think there is also something of a change coming to the Kamptal. Where once the warmest parcels of the Heiligenstein defined the region, as perhaps the only places able to shape wines of depth and power, with the changes in climate it seems to me that many of the cooler sites tucked into the valley are only now beginning to shine. Going forward, they perhaps have as much or more potential as the Wachau? Yes, there is a new "lightness" coming to the Kamptal. If Barbara is one of the standouts of this new, more crystalline and transparent style, other producers such as Jurtschitsch are also shaping wines of similar elegance and fine-ness.
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