The Setzberg vineyard opens up behind the famed Burgberg vineyard, which rises above the town of Spitz and the Danube River on the western side of the Wachau. The Setzberg is shared between the town of Spitz and the Spitzer Graben, which is the ancient Danube riverbed that today is a steep seven-kilometer gorge with some of the steepest terraces of the Wachau. In the section of the Setzberg where Florian finds his vines, the soils are a mix of sand, stone, gneiss, quartz and feldspar that lend complexity and character to a beautiful Riesling in 2013. It is focused, energetic, and textured with perfume of yellow fruit and delicate vegetal notes and a hint of earthy minerality. A light, slightly sweet fruit element on the palate, bready, yeasty notes, fine, lively acidity, good medium power, depth, and persistence. A very good finish.
For context, 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%. In 2013 the Schneeweis Setzberg clocked in at a comfortable, drinkable 13%.
Direct Import by Balanced Wine Selections.
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