Weingut Prager Federspiel Steinreigel Riesling 2007 (Wachau, Austria)
$40, Cork, 12.5%
Geez i dig these Austrian whites. So floral, intense & crisp, with the wines showing classic, ultra cool climate structure & vitality. Apparently its absolute knife edge grape growing country climactically, but when conditions are right, the wines are truly, mouthwateringly delicious (Especially to my dry Riesling loving palate). Even this relatively ‘entry level’ Riesling has hints of brilliance. Pretty fine value, all things considered, too.
Lightly honeyed, slatey chalk & honeysuckle nose that is deliciously crisp and defined. The palate is taut & brimming with high acidity, the citrussy tension lingering throughout the finish. Its actually quite ripe, but you would never know with such prominent dry length, the expression of the stony, rocky soil pretty apparent here. There is just a hint of oxidative fat/stink on the back, but it doesn’t particularly detract from the definition and deliciousness.
Excellent cool climate stuff that will mature for, hmmm, years, but is hard to beat already. 17.9