Domaine Wachau Gruner Veltliner 'Terrassen' Federspiel 2019
1 or more bottles$29.99
There is no wine more versatile at the table! Spicy aromas, some tobacco, hints of lychee, green apple, hints of citrus. Medium bodied on the palate with a lively and fresh acidity and great minerality. Very fruit driven with great spiciness.
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Austria has a reputation for high-quality dry white wines, primarily from its native grape variety, Grüner Veltliner, and from Riesling. However, you can find many excellent red wines here, too. These come from native varieties including Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch as well as sweet, botryised dessert wines made from Welschriesling. Austrian wine-producing regions enjoy a cool continental climate, with short summers and harsh winters. Grüner Veltliner is the country’s most widely planted grape variety, and at their best, these wines are full-bodied wines with excellent fruit concentration and naturally high acidity. Welschriesling – not to be confused with Riesling – is the second most planted variety. Winemakers use Welschriesling in a number of winemaking styles, from high-acid, fresh dry styles to high-quality botrytised dessert wines. Other varieties grown in Austria include Riesling, Chardonnay, St Laurent, Müller-Thurgau, and Sauvignon Blanc.
Bordering Slovakia and the Czech Republic, Niederösterreich, also known as Lower Austria, is a wine region in northeast Austria. It is also the largest winegrowing region in the country for Qualitätswein. It boasts approximately 28,000 hectares of vineyards, which account for about half of the country’s wine production. Within Niederösterreich, there are eight distinct winegrowing regions, including Wachau and Carnuntum. Within these regions, there are three primary climatic zones: the Weinviertel in the north, the Danube River Region west of Vienna, and Pannonian Niederösterreich to the southeast. A wide variety of varietals and styles come out of this region. White-wine grapes Grüner Veltliner and Riesling are the dominant plantings, but Pinot Noir and Sankt-Laurent (or St Laurent) are also grown and made into high-quality wines.
One of eight subregions of Niederosterreich (Lower Austria) to the west of Vienna, Wachau has won critical acclaim for its first-rate dry white wines made from Gruner Veltliner and Riesling – the most commonly planted grape varieties here. Vineyards sit along the Danube River, typically on steep, terraced, hand-worked slopes with a south-facing aspect to maximise their sun exposure. The terraces not only retain heat during the day to provide to the vines at night, but also draw on heat radiating off the Danube. The results are well-ripened grapes with highly concentrated flavours. Resulting wines likewise develop intense flavours of citrus and stone fruits.
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About the brand Domane Wachau
Very much a revitalised wine estate, Domäne Wachau draws on some of the very best vineyard sites in the Wachau. It produces wines that are powerfully regional and offer outstanding value as an introduction to the great wines of the region. The Domäne Wachau Terrassen and single-vineyard wines are sourced from the best grapes grown on the steep terraces of the Wachau. These high-quality wines are vinified with conscientious focus on terroir and express the mineral character derived from the primary rock soils of the Wachau. They're also some of the very best-value wines that we import.