Year in and year out, Prager Wachstum Bodenstein is one of the top Rieslings from Austria.
Prager Wachstum Bodenstein was planted in 1990. It is a high-altitude section of the Hinterseiber vineyard and borders the forest at the top of the mountain. When Prager planted Wachstum Bodenstein at 440-460 metres, many people doubted that the vineyard would be able to fully ripen Riesling.
With many vintages completed, we can see that Prager Wachstum Bodenstein produce incredibly elegant and mineral wines at the Smaragd level. As a bonus, in hot years like 2003 and 2006, the Prager Wachstum Bodenstein is still balanced and elegant.
Anytime you see the “Bodenstein” moniker, you should know that one of the points of the wine is to showcase genetic diversity. Bodenstein planted the vineyard with 15 different types of Riesling sourced from the Wachau as well as Germany’s Rheingau, Mosel and Pfalz and France’s Alsace.
Prager Wachstum Bodenstein Riesling Smaragd 2007, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
Weingut Prager is a producer I have been selling since I first heard that Austria made wine (thanks, Anne from NMIT, you opened a whole can of worms). Toni Bodenstein from Prager has taken this estate to be one of the top estates. Toni’s connection to the terroirs and culture of Wachau is at the heart of this climb to the top. Prager is unusual in that they only use stainless steel to create wines that are light, mineral, pure and clean. The wines from Prager and beautifully complex, age magnificently and are a joy to drink from entry-level to their finest Smaragd.
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Until my first wine making lecturer talked about drinking yourself sober with Austrian wine, I never thought about Austria in any sense. When she wrote the words ‘Gruner Veltliner’ on the top of my notebook my fate was sealed. Further study (that does include drinking) opened me up to the world of their two standout whites: Riesling and Gruner Veltliner. Later came the reds made from Zweigelt, Sankt Laurent, and Blaufrankisch, but for me, the thrill is still the racy, mineral, hauntingly perfumed whites that age as gracefully as any in the wine world.
But what does this mean for you? As a lover of Riesling and aromatic whites, these wines are in your zone. As a lover of aged White Burgundy then aged Gruner Veltliner is definitely for you. The greatest characteristic that Austrian wines offer you as a wine lover is that they are accessible. When you open a beautiful bottle of Austrian white or red they offer flavours you are familiar and comfortable with.
‘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 of quality wine production. Although only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. Find wonderful Riesling in Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll taste or super sweet and luscious. 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 the 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
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
It is interesting to know that you can make white wine from almost any grape. The colour comes from the skins, and if there is no contact, there is no colour. White wines tend to be delicate, perfumed, higher in acid and lower in alcohol. It seems for this and many other reasons, it is hard to make an incredibly impressive white wine. But those that have mastered the art are indeed some of the best winemakers in the world.
It is a falsehood to think that white wine does not age as well as red wine. But it is correct that white wine, as a rule, doesn’t age for as long.
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