Another #terroirtuesday at @tabledonkeystick, featuring the wines of Weingut Prager, a leading producer in Austria’s Wachau Valley region.
These are dry to slightly off-dry wines, made in the Smaragd (pronounced “Sma-rocked”) style, a classification that refers to the best, most age-worthy wines of the region. The selections we tried were from the celebrated Achleiten and Klaus vineyards, two of Austria’s greatest crus, containing some of the oldest vines in the Wachau.
The younger Rieslings were clear and crisp, with notes of green apples, grapefruit, and smoky slate. The Gruner Veltliner was bright and jubilant, with flavors of apricots, kiwifruit, and black pepper. The aged Rieslings had developed aromas of petrol and acrylic paint, with underlying flavors of quinces, chamomile, and cloves. It was fascinating to sample these wines together.
Back to front, the wines were:
Prager Riesling Smaragd Klaus, 1999
Prager Riesling Smaragd Achleiten, 2000
Prager Riesling Smaragd Klaus, 2015
Prager Riesling Smaragd Achleiten, 2015
Prager Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Wachstum Bodenstein, 2015