The Kellerberg Riesling Smaragd comes from the fantastic site that rises behind their castle cellar. It is a cooler site that allows the mineral and aromatic qualities of Riesling to shine through while still having body and complexity. The 2008 is just at the opening of its drinking window and give drinking pleasure for many years to come.
Domane Wachau is an old co-operative from the Wachau region that sources fruit from some of the best sites. Their entry level wines are from the best terraced vineyards (Hence ‘Terrassen’) available. Their single vineyard wines are site to behold.
‘Steep Terraces. Noble Grapes. Monumental Wines’ says the Austrian wine website and it is hard to disagree. A UNESCO world heritage site on the Danube that is 1350 hectares dedicated to quality Riesling and Grüner Veltliner. Some of the best white wines in the world are made here.
One of the world’s most noble varieties and known transmitter of terroir. Riesling is an important variety for quality wine production although only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia are places you’ll find wonderful Riesling. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll taste or super sweet and luscious. It is a wonderful grape. See more about Riesling here.
The Smaragd lizards bask in the warmest sites of the Wachau region. It stands to reason that the warmest sites allow for production of naturally concentrated and complex and therefore most treasured wines of the Wachau. Both Gruner Veltliner and Riesling Smaragd are worth seeking out in the Wachau