Wachau Panorama
2014 | Riesling Smaragd Loibenberg

Origin: Austria - Wachau | Variety: Riesling | Producer: Domäne Wachau

Domäne Wachau is one of Austria’s most renowned wineries, based in Austria’s most prestigious wine growing region, the Wachau. Steep terraced vineyards, a cool, marginal climate and meagre primary rock soils define the wines. „Smaragd“ stands for complex, full-bodied wines of the Wachau with aging potential.

Entering the Wachau from the east, the Loibenberg is the first striking elevation of the valley and reaches an altitude of more than 420 metres above sea level. Loibenberg is the biggest single-vineyard of the Wachau, exactly south facing and strongly influenced by the warm Pannonian climate. It is therefore also called the „hotplate“ of the Wachau. The terroir is defined by weathered gneiss soils with layers of loess and loam in some areas as well as warm Pannonian air streams from the east.

Tasting Note
Medium greenish yellow with golden highlights; expressive on the nose with ripe stone fruit notes, slight scents of vineyard peach, white fruit and delicate flower blossoms; fine-grained minerality; the palate is dominated by exotic fruits, mainly mango, passion fruit, peach and subtle hints of citrus; fine texture, salty mineral notes, slightly vibrant, very complex with lively acidity. A wine with great ageing potential.

How to enjoy best
Serve well chilled but at a somewhat higher temperature than lighter white wines, ideally at 10°C. An excellent accompaniment to the more sophisticated cuisine such as seafood dishes, fish, the traditional „Tafelspitz“ (beef pot roast) or roast duck and goose. Very approachable in its youth with potential to age for 8-12 years.

Smaragd® is a registered trademark of Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus e.V.

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