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.
#prager #achleiten #stockkultur #grunerveltliner — 3 years ago
Wine 1 of 4 of another world tour of wines purchased at Total Wine. The
Grüner Veltliner grape is by far the most widely grown grape in Austria. The variety is a bit unusual, as it is an offspring of Traminer and St. Georgen, the second parent being of local descent in Austria. The wines can run sweet to off-dry with flavor from stone fruit to citrus. Paired this one with a Mushroom-Swiss chard quiche and was not disappointed. Great price point! ~$14 | #totalwine #grunerveltliner #austrianwine
On the eyes: Starbright straw yellow, light stain, light legs. No floc - gas/effervescence observed.
On the nose: Unripe pear and green apple, lemon rind, vanilla, honey, and floral notes. Med- alcohol.
On the tongue: Light tannin, med+ acid, med- alcohol, effervescent with a nice round mouthfeel. Off-dry. Citrus poached pear/apple that finishes with an herbaceous mineralty. Med finish, med body. — 4 years ago
Med - concentration with straw core and a clear rim. The nose and palate were both a little blah. Med intensity and complexity with underripe citrus, white flowers, apple skin, white pepper, and hay. The palate lacked grip even with med + acid. Med - complexity and short length. Nice for a patio pounder. #tegernseerhoff #wachau #austria #grunerveltliner #federspiel #t26 #ctbucklinwine — 3 years ago
Excellent medium to full bodied example without breaking the bank, $20 gets you this delicious white. Notes of white orchard fruit, honeydew melon and white peppercorn spice. A good spine of acidity and minerality act like a conveyor belt of refreshment! #grunerveltliner #grüner #austria #nextwinetraveldestination — 4 years ago
Very good #grunerveltliner from #austrianwine pale lemon color with pronounced aromas of white flowers like honeysuckle and jasmine. Citrus fruits like lemon peel and grapefruit. Herbal aromas like spicy rocket (arugula) and secondary aromas of cream. Medium body and pronounced intensity flavors. The finish is long and the wine is very good because of the complexity and intensity of the aromas and flavors, the length of the finish and the overall balance with a very smooth texture. — 2 years ago
A great introduction to Smaragd #grunerveltliner from the Wachau. The density and body of the top wines with energy and freshness of a younger wine. The nose and palate reveal the hallmark (for GV) cracked white peppercorn, basil, fragrant white flowers, with a persistent layer of pear and lime citrus fruit. A touch of ripeness falls in line with the house style. Excellent value and a great example of Smaragd. If you think Gruner is a basic Sauvignon Blanc like wine in 1L bottles try this and don't look back! — 3 years ago