Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Terrassen 2011

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Smaragd is the Wachau designation for dry late harvest wines, above 12.5% alcohol through natural fermentation. The best smaragd wines can age well for decades. Terrassen indicates it is a cuvee of different hillsife sites. Old terraces of varied altitudes and orientations and with primitive rock soils make this wine an elegrant culinary accompaniment.

Tasting Notes

This wine has fine minerality with subtle fruit flavors and aromas of tobacco spices and pear-drops. On the palate, the wine is elegant with notes of white peaches and a peppery elegant finish.

Food Pairing

Pair with pad Thai, Wiener schnitzel, or roasted artichokes.

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Wachau
Vineyard name:
The Terrassen vineyard
Soil composition:
Gneiss, Rocky, and Slate
Training method:
Cane-pruned
Elevation:
726-1,188 feet
Vines/acre:
1,800
Yield/acre:
1.2-2.16 tons
Exposure:
Southern / Southwestern
Year vineyard planted:
1970-1990
Harvest time:
November
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Grüner Veltliner
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
14 days
Fermentation temperature:
64-72 °F
Malolactic fermentation:
no
Fining agent:
Vegan
Type of aging container:
Stainless steel tanks
Size of aging container:
1000-5000 L
Length of aging before bottling:
5 months
Length of bottle aging:
1 month
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
13.5 %
Residual sugar:
1.0 g/L
Acidity:
5.2 g/L

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