Domaine Wachau, Riesling Smaragd Ried Kellerberg 2018
The Kellerberg is Dürnstein’s steep landmark mountain, rising up right behind Domäne Wachau’s Kellerschlössel (baroque cellar castle). The vines root deeply into the light-coloured “Gföhler Gneiss“ which consists mainly of feldspar and quarz. Kellerberg is south-east facing with a somewhat cooler microclimate than the neighbouring Loibenberg. The wines from Kellerberg combine the pronounced mineral character of the Achleiten with the power and full body of the Loibenberg. The 2018 Dürnstein Ried Kellerberg Riesling Smaragd displays an intense yellow color and super ripe, concentrated fruit on the nose. Full-bodied and stimulatingly astringent on the palate, this a firm, elegant, quite powerful and slightly bitter Kellerberg Riesling with lots of muscle but not much charm at this early stage. Score is 95 WE.