Domaine Wachau, Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Ried Kellerberg 2018
Kellerberg is Dürnstein’s steep landmark mountain, rising up behind the Kellerschlössel (Domäne Wachau’s baroque cellar castle). The vines root deeply into the light-coloured “Gföhler Gneiss“ which consists mainly of feldspar and quarz and, in some areas, also covered by sandy loess soil in some parts of Kellerberg. The strong Pannonian climate influence on the Kellerberg yields full-bodied and complex, yet impressively mineral-driven wines. Highly aromatic notes of glowingly ripe, juicy pear also have an edge of bergamot. This aromatic sophistication carries over onto the palate where pithy, zesty citrus provides lots of concentration. The result is totally mouthwatering in a salty fashion that is utterly moreish and very refreshing. This is racy, taut and packed with flavour. Score is high at 95 Points, Wine Enthusiast et al.