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2015 Prager Riesling Smaragd AchleitenRiesling from Austria

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"Toni Bodenstein describes the grapes from the grand-cru-like Achleiten vineyard as coming from "destroyed soil." So prized has this walled vineyard been over the years that it...

  • 94-96 Falstaff Magazine
  • 94 Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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94-96

"From the Western end of the Achleiten vineyard, grown on a bed of primary rock. Exotic with touches of pineapple and mango, delicate stone fruits, racy acidity and fine mineral notes."

94 Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"The 2015 Riesling Smaragd Achleiten displays a pure and mineral bouquet of crushed stones and white-peach aromas. Intense and fruity on the palate, with good concentration and densely woven texture, this is a piquant and spicy flavored Riesling with great intensity and ripeness.

"I have still a lot of 2015s to taste but Toni Bodenstein's collection of Riesling and Gruner Veltliner Smaragds set the benchmark. There are world class wines amongst them, true classics of which we will still sing in 20 or 30 years. Weingut Prager has probably bottled the finest Achleiten Veltliners I have ever tasted. Check out the Smaragd and the Smaragd Stockkultur. Have there been greater Veltliners been bottled in the past 16 years? On the same level is the Veltliner Smaragd Zwerithaler Kammer from a .34 hectare plot from before World War I. It has been launched for the first time at Weingut Prager. Also don't miss the 2015 GV Smaragd Wachstum Bodenstein. Amongst the Rieslings Ried Klaus rules, accompanied from the Achleiten. In fact there are so many wines to buy from Prager this year that you need a big wallet and a great heart for Gruner Veltliner and Austrian Riesling. Whereas the 2014s did not speak to me when I tasted them in winter the 2015s were singing when I tasted them in April – and they are still doing. " June 2016

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"Toni Bodenstein describes the grapes from the grand-cru-like Achleiten vineyard as coming from "destroyed soil." So prized has this walled vineyard been over the years that it has been worked down by man and by nature to a point where the coverage of soil is only 40 cm in some parts. The loess soils just barely cover the granitic rocks underneath and yield grapes with great minerality. The long growing season of this southeast-facing vineyard allows the grapes here to attain a level of richness and complexity not often found in cool climate wines. The resulting wines are a stunning mix of finesse and structure." - Distributor

Product Detail

Item # 97242
Country Austria
Region Niederosterreich-Lower Austria
Sub-Region Wachau
Ratings

94-96 - Falstaff Magazine

94 - Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vintage 2015
Color White
ABV 13.0%
Varietal(s) Riesling
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste apple, pear, peach, apricot and honey
Nose petrol, flint, rose petal, violet, orange peel, apple, pear and peach