2009 Tegernseerhof Loibenburg Riesling Smaragd Wachau
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale green-yellow. The nose makes an exotic impression with scents of orange zest and passion fruit complicated by lichee and wild mint. Racy acidity lends an elegant, delineated structure to this powerful riesling. Crisp apple and white vineyard peach linger long and brisk on the finish. Drink now through 2019.
From the winery: "The first mention of Loibenberg is dating back to 1253. At that time, actually with the title "first vineyard in Austria" and in addition also the largest single individual crus of the Wachau. A characteristic of the Loibenberg is that it is not criss-crossed by ditches or valleys. The naked, bare primary rock forms the typical characteristics however, loess was fanned in some bays and valleys. The varying altitude, changing soil and the small scale structure of the vineyards makes the Loibenberg one of the most inhomogeneous crus of the Wachau. Barren, craggy structure - under enormous pressure over 500 million years built to gneiss and weathered to primary rock soil - this is the ground on which the Riesling on Loibenberg expresses its filigree elegance and subtle minerality. Late ripening grapes can be found on the top of the stone terraces, which produce an enormous fruity spiciness by a long-ripening on the vine. Precision, nerve, linear structure, deep fruit, and above all the eloquence of Riesling from Loibenberg describe this best!"