Domane Wachau Smaragd Achleiten Gruner Veltliner 2020
|Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
A youthful aroma of peardrop is foremost on the nose, but on the palate, a zesty, pithy texture takes over. It's accompanied by vivid, lively lemon freshness that keeps it slender and streamlined, ringing with purity and verve. The finish is moreish and lip-smacking.
Rosemary, privet, snap pea and green bean share aromatic billing with intimations of stony mineral matter. The palate is full, glossy, glycerol-rich and generously juicy, but also displays invigorating crunch accompanied by Riesling-like suggestions of white peach and lime. Peppery and crystalline stony impingements add to the stimulating dynamic displayed by this admirable and impressively sustained interpretation of a great site.
Clear, deep and fresh on the nose, the 2016 Ried Achleiten Grüner Veltliner Smaragd is perhaps the finest of the Veltliners of the Domaine. Medium to full-bodied, pure, finessed and fresh on the palate, this is a beautifully clear, straight and well structured Achleiten with a long and salty finish. Still very young, the 2016 will surely improve over the years.