Austrian Riesling from the Wachau in the Great 2013 Vintage!

by Chris Walsh October 18, 2016

Austrian Riesling from the Wachau in the Great 2013 Vintage!

Dear Wine Lover,

Something perfect for your Thanksgiving table!

Austrian Riesling from the Wachau and the great 2013 vintage.   
 
Weingut Schneeweis Setzberg Riesling Smaragd and Tausendeimerberg Riesling Smaragd
 
In the words of David Schildknecht from Vinous, “Austria’s 2013 Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners display exceptionally bright acidity, clear flavor definition and uncanny complexity.”  2013 has given us the stunning combination of healthy, ripe grapes that remain light on their feet as the alcohol levels stayed in check, married with focused, tense acidity. What more can you ask for from two wines that will leave you with plenty of spending money for the multitude of food pairings that work with dry Riesling.
 
Just recently I was talking with a great customer of ours who mentioned he had recently paired the Schneeweis Setzberg Riesling Smaragd with pulled pork with a dry mustard rub.  In his words the pairing was “magnificent.”  It makes all the sense in the world when you think about Austrian and German fare -- charterer, sausages, mustards which are perfect foils for classic Austrian Riesling.   The spectrum of foods and flavors that a crisp, bright, focused Riesling can pair with is truly exciting. 
 
Florian Schneeweis came our way via the introduction from our friend Martin Mittlebach of Weingut Tergernseerhof.   Schneeweis sits on the northern end of the Wachau wine region in Austria in the town of Spitz, one of the great wine villages in all of Austria. The Wachau start just over an hour west of Vienna near the town of Mautern and runs about 15 kilometers west to Spitz.  The vineyards head in two directions at Spitz -- high up into the Spritzer Graben and further along the Danube to the village of Groisbach. 
 
In Spitz, the geology and climate are responsible for the stunning quality of the wines from the area.  The moderating effects of the Danube river and the cold air that funnels down the Spitzer Graben valley from the Waldviertel and Jauerling Mountain, results in wines of exceptional freshness and texture.  
 
As a refresher, here is some info on certain Wachau wine terms – trademarks in fact.  The idea behind these terms is to give you a general idea of the taste and style of wine you can expect, but it won’t ever tell you the whole story about the very individual, unique attributes that each site and vintage will lend a particular wine.

  • Steinfeder – the name for a feather grass from the Wachau, wines with this name are the lightest of the three categories of Wachau wines.  Maximum alcohol of 11.5%.  Lively, delicate, refreshing.  Think of them as hitting the easy button.
  • Federspiel – the name given to a prey dummy used in Falconry, wines with this name have medium alcohol content 11.5% — 12.5%.  More vitality, body, character and complexity.
  • Smaragd – means emerald and is the name of a local green lizard.  This is the name given to the highest category of Wachau wines.  Harvested last, often well into November, intense, ripe, powerful, complex and alcohol of at least 12.5%.  Cellar-worthy candidates.
  • Cheers,
    Chris & Michael

Cheers,
Chris & Michael

Click here to learn more about Weingut Schneeweis!

 

 




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