2015 Schmelz Stein am Rain Riesling Federspiel Wachau

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Schmelz is a small family run estate located in the heart of the Wachau in the small little village of Joching. They manage roughly 11 hectares of vineyards all with varying soils and microclimates which are composed of 60% Grüner Veltliner, 30% Riesling and rounded out with Sauvignon Blanc and Gelber Muskateller. The family has and continues to work under the philosophy that we live in a fragile environment and it should be treated accordingly. They use the knowledge of generations before while incorporating the techniques of today. They are also one of the founding members of the Vinea Wachau (a collaborative association aimed at ensuring quality).

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Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/17/2016 | Send Email
In Austria, Gruner Veltliner seems to get all the spotlight, but don't forget that Austria makes some exquisite, dry Riesling. This is Johann's entry level Riesling coming from the vineyard of Stein Am Rain that has alluvial and sandy soils which Rieslings does great in. This dry, juicy Riesling shows notes of honeysuckle, lemon, white peach and salinity. While there is great acid on this wine, the 2015 vintage provides this wine with big body and texture to balance.

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/15/2016 | Send Email
This is probably one of the best dry Austrian Rieslings I've had! Stone fruit like peach, apricot and especially yellow plum burst out of the glass immediately. Then on the palate it gets combined with juicy mouthwatering acidity and moderate minerality and goes into endless finish. It just keeps going on and on. Mesmerizing wine for sure.

Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2016 | Send Email
Mineral, lemon, pale flowers and starfruit leads in to a round textured wine, before gradually dialing things back down to the rocky baseline. Less forceful than an Alsatian Riesling, less gossamer than German examples, this is a good example of the way Austrian Riesling balances texture in its own distinctive fashion.

Staff Image By: Eric Story | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2016 | Send Email
Wonderfully light and airy on the nose showing nice subtle mineral depth and just ripened pear and white flowers. Lighter bodied with a dancing feel which plays on the palate a bit before showing off the texture and length of the vintage.

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- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.


- Austria is a well-respected wine-growing region in Europe. Yet, even though they make about a third the volume of wine as Germany, not many of these fine bottles make it to the shelves of American wine merchants or restaurants. Lucky for us, their anonymity has translated into incredible value from simple, everyday whites to exquisite dessert wines. Austria shares many grape varieties with Germany—Riesling is king here, too. But the style of Austrian whites is much dryer and more potent. Grüner Veltliner is Austria's second-most-important varietal and makes whites of great versatility and pleasure.