Prager Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Achleiten "Stockkultur" 2015
Ironically the Bodensteins were in NYC while we were in the Wachau so we did not get to meet them or taste the 2015s. Prager has a knack for very balanced and precise wines deeply reflective of the best expressions of terroir in the Wachau. I was stoked to see this on the shelf tonight and had to open it.
"Stockkultur" means single stalk planting, exactly like you would see in the Northern Rhone. It's rare to see this kind of vine style in the Wachau, but was more common years ago. It's then no surprise to learn the 1 acre le dieu was planted in 1938 within the Achleiten vineyard.
We have an exceptional Gruner here, one of the best of the trip and rivaling Hochrain and Achleiten from Rudi Pichler.
A light to medium gold color. The nose was coiled tight revealing lime, green apple and stoney minerality.
The palate was more open, the juicy green apple and lime worked perfectly with the mouth watering acids that seemed well integrated. Medium bodied but so much density and dry extract. The finish was juicy as well, with purity, density and very good length.
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