Riesling Smaragd Terrassen 2012

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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 hillside sites. Old terraces of varied altitudes and orientations and with primitive rock soils make this wine an elegant culinary accompaniment - with its delicate structure, white peach aroma and subtle slate tone.

Tasting Notes

Old terraces of varied altitudes and orientations and with primitive rock soils make this wine an elegant culinary accompaniment - with its delicate structure, white peach aroma and subtle slate tone.

Food Pairing

Pair with apple strudel, Thai chicken with ginger and lemon grass, or seared sea scallops in beurre blanc.

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Wachau
Vineyard name:
Terrassen
Soil composition:
Gneiss and Rocky
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:
October-November
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Riesling
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
14 days
Fermentation temperature:
64-72 °F
Maceration technique:
Cold Soak Maceration
Length of maceration:
1 days
Malolactic fermentation:
no
Fining agent:
Vegan
Type of aging container:
Stainless steel tanks
Size of aging container:
1000-5000L
Length of aging before bottling:
7 months
Length of bottle aging:
1 month
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
13.0 %
Residual sugar:
1.4 g/L
Acidity:
6.4 g/L

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