Austrian Riesling

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2009 Domaine Wachau Riesling Terrassen Smaragd 13% $30

Gently aromatic with nice layers of spice, pear skin, apricot, lemon drop, rainwater and hot iron all come together on the nose. Almost round on entry, then turning fairly angular quite quickly, with fine acidity jutting out past the transparent and fresh fruit. There’s a lovely spiciness to this that floats above the glassy apricot fruits, accented with lemon and lime zest. The finish shows nice length with the citrus character of the palate framed by quartzy, steely mineral notes. Fine length and really wonderful balance of flavor and texture make this a winner. 91pts

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  • Mayer am Pfarrplatz in Vienna is not only an outstanding winery, belonging to the WienWein group, but also a fantastic "Heuriger", i.e. wine tavern. I enjoyed very much an evening at the Mayer am Pfarrplatz last year with the WienWein makers group http://schiller-wine.blogspot.com/2... The "Gemischte Satz" - field blend - is increasingly becoming popular in Vienna.

    Jul 21, 2011 at 12:05 PM


  • Excellent selection, now I know what was missing in my cellar. Thanks!

    Jul 21, 2011 at 2:20 PM


  • Snooth User: Tollig
    558655 4

    Dismayed at the prices? Why is it that Riesling is always undervalued. People gladly pay huge amounts for chardonnay, from burgundy or elsewhere, but complain if a good quality riesling cost more than $25. Top quality German and Austrian Riesling are among the best white wines in the world. If anything,they should cost more.

    Jul 21, 2011 at 4:48 PM


  • .... and what in the blue blazes is "butcher's wax". Hoist on your own petard, Gregory. Just too, too pretentious.

    Jul 21, 2011 at 8:26 PM


  • I have the benefiit of living in Vienna (not far from Mayer am Pfarrplatz). The value of the wine in Austria should not be in dispute. Also the tendency is to get what you pay for.
    The best white wines are long lasting but drink well from an early age. The Rieslings can be magnificent but so too the signature grape, Gruener Veltliner (also most versatile) and there are some stunning Sauvignon Blanc (complex and long). Most of the wine is drunk within Austria (sadly for the rest of you) but some excellent ones escape the border. I have the Prager Klaus in my collection. I recommend it.

    Jul 22, 2011 at 1:53 AM


  • Snooth User: kmackie
    451384 21

    You missed the winery, which I believe makes the best Austrian Riesling and that is Weingut Tegernseerhof! Well priced and UNBELIEVABLE quality!

    Jul 22, 2011 at 8:26 AM


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