Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Riesling Rules!

Young vintage...decent wine...leave a few years...good marks...but with potential. No doubt you have all been there...eager to try the wine...but unfairly hitting on it when it begs for time.

Prager Riesling Wachstum Bodenstein Smaragd 2011
Wachau, Austria
Opened...and tasted...all very good...but I will not bore you with the pre-fridge notes. I popped it into the 'cold room' and over the next few days was trying other wines.
SIX DAYS later!!!...finding all the other bottles now empty I thought I would try another sip of the half-bottle still available. A completely different animal...6 days maybe meaning 6 years...that is how much I thought the wine had needed. Delicious nose of peaches and intense...texture oily but great smokey minerals and a citrus kick. A 30 second aftertaste...and I ordered some more. Do I wait all those years...or plan the next bottle a week in advance? Whatever...lovely wine.
Points 17.25 before fridge...
Points 17.75 after...

Some info about the Vineyard.
How many winemakers do you know would plant a high-altitude site even when everyone in the region warns against it?
How many winemakers do you know work painstakingly hard to re-cultivate some of the oldest and most extreme sites in historic vineyards? Sites that are an adventure just to access, let alone tend or harvest.
Planted in 1990 in a high-altitude section of the Hinterseiber vineyard (literally bordering the forest at the top of the mountain), this was planted at an altitude of about 1,500 feet (between 440-460 meters). Many people doubted that the vineyard would be able to fully ripen Riesling. Over 20 years later, not only does the vineyard produce incredibly elegant and mineral wines, but while others have problems with over-ripening, the Bodenstein wines, even in hot vintages like 2003 and 2006, are balanced and elegant. Anytime you you see the "Wachstum Bodenstein" name, you should know that one of the points of the wine is to showcase genetic diversity. Bodenstein planted the vineyard with 15 different types of Riesling sourced from the Wachau as well as Germany's Rheingau, Mosel and Pfalz and France's Alsace.

Prager Riesling Klaus Smaragd 2011
Wachau, Austria

After the previous bottle I was prepared to be patient. However, this was much more forward and instantly appealing. The climate for this vineyard means it is completely boytris free. The vines were planted in 1952. Love the nose... typical great Riesling...aromatic...peaches...tropical fruit...palate complex...with a very fine acidity that never digs the knife is light-footed...easy to drink even now...and a soft explosion at the finish. Another one that needed a re-order
Points 18

Machherndl Riseling Alte Reben Kollmütz Smaragd 2012
Wachau, Austria

One of the up and coming younger generation.
The wines show his own style...boytris free...slim and clear. All see no oak...
Yellow fruits from the glass...pears and apples with airing...oily texture with minerals equal to it. Fuller than a German Riesling...something maybe lovers of this style would turn their noses up at...but the whole is very harmonious.
Points 17.25


Edward said...

The second Prager has a problem with the cork!

Barry said...

I call it a clever piece of photography!