Domaine Wachau, Riesling Smaragd Ried Achleiten 2018
Achleiten is a legendary vineyard in the Wachau village of Weissenkirchen. It is famous for wines with 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. Both fresh lemon and crushed lemon leaves on the nose have an air of breezy freshness but underneath the juicy ripeness of Mandarin oranges and ripe clementines shines through. The palate has a juicy softness, despite the zestiness on the midpalate. There even are tropical hints of passion fruit. The freshness is key, but it is softly expressed on the clean, zesty, long and moreish finish. WE 96 Points, and Parker et al.