Notes on the cultivation of wine:
This Riesling thrives majestically on soils of loam, loess and Danube gravel.
With respect for nature, this wine is made solely by fermentation with the natural yeast found in the grapes. Additives such as sugar, enzymes and flavour enhancers have no place in this process. After a careful storage of two and a half years in large, old wooden barrels, the wine is finally bottled on a fruit day.
This Riesling sparkles in an intense yellow that gently lightens towards the edges.
The 2017 Riesling Smaragd Vom Stein unfolds an enticing spectrum of scents. Aromas of yellow fruits such as apricot and mirabelle plum meet lemon peel and the nuance of lily of the valley oil. This fragrance is characterised by a breathtaking freshness, coupled with an intense minerality and a cool sophistication.
The palate reveals a wine that is a master at combining freshness and juicy fruitiness. Its minerality presents itself strikingly and is underpinned by a fine tannin. Its long finish, marked by intense fruit, is unsurpassed. A mature wine that combines expression and intensity.
Wine and food combinations as alternatives:
Try a caramelised carrot accompanied by a Granny Smith apple and puffed corn. Or a combination of foie gras and honey mead cream ice cream, with a delicate honey and beer vinaigrette. If you prefer fish, I can recommend a smoked trout served with mustard sauce, smoked almonds, rose hips and fresh leaf spinach.
Nikolaihof Wachau, Nikolaigasse 3, 3512 Mautern, Austria. Organic certificate: AT-BIO-302