Smaragd Riesling, Domäne Wachau, Wachau
Rieslings from Wachau can be labeled with three terms to indicate the wine's body; most are Smaragd, a term named for Wachau's bright green lizard. Smaragd Rieslings - which must be more than 12.5 percent with less than.09 percent residual sugar - are the richest, most concentrated and full-bodied, and longest lived of the three categories. Delicate aromas of apple and ripe mango are riper than the palate, which shows refreshing green apple and Asian pear.
- Colour: White
- Grapes: Riesling
- Vintage: 2011
- Closure: cork
- Alcohol: 13%
- Other info: Domaine Wachau is the largest cooperative in the Wachau valley and is made up of 600 contributing members farming slightly less than 500 hectares, or a full one third of the total region’s vineyards. Each individual member is challenged to produce the best wines possible and paid for the quality of their production first, the quantity second. The showplace of the winery is the baroque cellar palace depicted on the label. Domaine Wachau is among the largest wineries in Austria and produces wines in the premium segment only. New measures for quality assurance have brought the domaine recognition as one of the top ten best white wine producers in Austria.
- Winery website: www.domaene-wachau.at
£16.80or £15.96 when purchasing any 12 mixed bottles.