2015 Schmelz Pichl Point Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 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: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2016 | Send Email
Green and slightly peppery with arugula notes and a tropical finish, plus incredible texture – there’s a richness to the Schmelz Pichl Point not often found in Grüner Veltliner. Bright with Asian pear and stone fruit, this excellent example of 2015 is both quenching and serious with powerful minerality, and will even age well. Weighty and delicious.

Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/17/2016 | Send Email
This is not your juicy, easy going liter bottle of Gruner, this is serious Gruner Veltliner. This is a powerful, rich Gruner with lots of acid and lots of potential to age. Exotic spices, green peas, Asian pears, and stone fruit dance on your palate. Grab a few for Thanksgiving dinner and add a bottle to the cellar to try in 10 years, if you can wait that long.

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/15/2016 | Send Email
Smaragd is the ripest, most full bodied wines in Austria. All grapes destined for this designation must attain at least 18.2°KMW (KMW stands for "Klosterneuburger Mostwaage" and is a unit to define the amount of natural sugar in wine must) and all finished wine must be sealed with a long natural cork that is at least 49 mm long and branded with vintage year. The wines have to be aged in bottle and not released till after May 1 following harvest. Smaragd wines tend to be the most sought after and critically acclaimed Wachau wines with the potential to age for more than 20 years. This Gruner Veltliner is a magnificent example of such wine. Very juicy and dense, extra rich and yet elegant, dry and powerful with deep exotic fruit and bright acidity.

Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2016 | Send Email
Celery, yellow plum, and watercress aromatics emerge from the Pichl Point with some air. Your first impression is the weight and sweetness, the Wachau leaving its card, but then it shows spice, citrus pith, and a trimmer feeling towards the end.

Staff Image By: Eric Story | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2016 | Send Email
A seductive sultry beauty! Another fantastic example of how fantastic 2015 was. Loads of spicy exotic fruits balanced out by mineral and juicy acidity. Rich mouth feel showing a very nice combination of elegance, concentration and power. A beauty!

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2016 | Send Email
This Gruner Veltliner is in your face, expressive and simply delicious. From the southern part of Austria, this wine from Schmelz has a good amount of weight on the palette and fruitier expression showing juicy stone fruits, citrus and a touch of floral. A great food wine, especially with spicy Asian cuisine.

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Gruner Veltliner

- Grüner Veltliner is the most widely planted grape variety in Austria, making up about a third of all the vineyard land in the country, according to importer extraordinaire Terry Thiese. The varietal has definitely increased in popularity of the past few years, as sommeliers and wine directors loaded their lists with this spicy white because it pairs well with so many things. Its bouquet has been described as floral, tending to toward musky, with hints of peppery greens, lentils, citrus and red fruit with a distinctive mineral quality. In the mouth the wine can be broad or precise, but is almost always distinguished by bracing acidity and flavors that mirror the nose. A notoriously good ager, you can drink GrüVes in their youth, or let them evolve in complexity in your cellar.


- 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.