Achleiten is a legendary vineyard in the Wachau village of Weissenkirchen. It is famous for wines with an inimitable mineral character. Dry stone walls dating back to the 12th century, which mount the steep slopes with their silicate-rich soil, dominate this vineyard’s landscape. In the upper terraces, gneiss is the prevailing subsoil, the lower terraces are dominated by dark, schistous amphibolites.
Smaragd is the top category of Wachau wines. The name Smaragd was derived from the magnificent emerald green lizard that can be found basking in hot and sunny spots in the vineyards. Smaragd wines are dry, full-bodied and complex wines with plenty of finesse and great aging potential.
Riesling from Achleiten is characterised by low yields due to the poor soil in this vineyard. After multiple selections the grapes for Riesling Smaragd Achleiten were carefully hand-picked in the mid of October. After eight hours of maceration and gentle pressing, the wine fermented and matured in big wooden casks and stainless steel tanks. Late bottling and therefore the long contact with the fine lees provide more precise nuances and give an additional great finesse.
On the nose this Riesling is very aromatic; juicy stone fruit such as apricot and subtle hints of peach juice with lemon zest, white pepper and fresh wild herbs. The palate is very juicy and vibrant; the refreshing acidity balances the wine very well. It is well structured and elegant with intense fruit sweetness in the finish; long-lasting with plenty of salty minerality, showing typical characteristics of the Achleiten vineyard.
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