2015 Buchegger Gebling Riesling Kremstal (Dry) (Previously $20)

SKU #1291231 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Aromatic notes of crushed citrus foliage promise freshness. The palate does not disappoint: there is the pure, taut linearity of lemon and lime zest, gilded with some rounder notes of mandarin. A sleek, statuesque and above all refreshing beauty. (AK)  (9/2016)

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Importer's Notes: " To make good wine, says Walter Buchenegger has much to do with the art of living: You have to be a traditionalist, while facing new opportunity. You have to be patient and accept that you never can work against nature and you have to realize that shortcuts can lead to success in the short term, but are in the long term a dead end. - 100% Riesling - Comes from the new vineyard in the Rohrdorfer prime location Gebling. Gravel and conglomerate characterize the style of this wine. Polished, sleek and full of character. Whole bunch pressing with a short maceration, then degree fermented in stainless steel tanks at 19°C. Crystal clear stone fruit aromas, very delicate and precise. Compact structure with nice acid bite, dry classic, the finish enhance grapey, artful."

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