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2016 Prager Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Achleiten StockkulterGruner Veltliner from Austria

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"Prager’s stylistic signature is that of aromatic complexity coupled with power and tension. High-density planting and long hang times ensure ripe fruit flavors and power, yet ...

  • 96 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
  • 94 Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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“Dense and powerful but with a light touch, this is a remarkable grüner veltliner with intense mirabelle, smoke and wild herb aromas. A very long and powerful finish that's still clean and animating. From vines planted in 1937 – and Stockkultur refers to the ancient training.” -- 12/11/2017

94 Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

“From a vineyard planted in 1938, the 2016 Ried Achleiten Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Stockkultur has an intense citrus color and opens with a deep, dense and smoky bouquet of perfectly ripe and concentrated fruits that show a tropical touch along with flinty-mineral flavors of crushed crystalline rocks in the background. Full-bodied, lush and highly elegant on the palate, this is a rich, complex, salty, perfectly balanced and powerful but stimulatingly fresh and piquant Grüner Veltliner. The power of the 13.5% alcohol is well balanced. The finish, with tropical fruit aromas and a nice bitterness, is rich but also pure in its precision and delicate minerality. Tasted in July 2017.” -- 08/31/2017

Product Description:

"Prager’s stylistic signature is that of aromatic complexity coupled with power and tension. High-density planting and long hang times ensure ripe fruit flavors and power, yet allowing leaves to shade the fruit lend vibrant aromatics of grasses, herbs, and wildflowers. Minerality is a constant feature of any Prager wine. "Smaragd is a designation of ripeness for dry wines used exclusively by members of the Vinea Wachau. The wines must have a minimum alcohol of 12.5%. The grapes are hand-harvested, typically in October and November, and are sent directly to press where they spontaneously ferment in stainless-steel tanks. "Stockkultur is a 0.3-hectare plot at the top of Achleiten and was purchased by Toni Bodenstein in 2005. The name refers to the old style of training each vine to a single stake, the traditional way vines were cultivated in the Wachau before the 1950s. The vines planted in 1938 are among the oldest in the Wachau. " -- Winery

Product Detail

Item # 104627
Country Austria
Region Wachau
Sub-Region Wachau White
Ratings

96 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com

94 - Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vintage 2016
Color White
ABV 13.5%
Varietal(s) Gruner Veltliner
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste high acid, asparagus, white pepper, citrus and grapefruit
Nose melon, citrus and spice