Martin Muthenthaler, Wachau

This historic wine region set along the Danube river, and 45 minutes west of Vienna, is known around the world for long-lived dry Riesling and Gruner Veltliner. In the most classical sense, and that is when a producer is part of the Vinea Wachau Association, the designated Steinfeder are featherlight, the Federspiel playful, and Smaragd well structured.

Martin set his eyes on the Spitzer Graben, a site situated in a side valley away from the Danube river. Rougher climatic conditions exist here, with steep slatey slopes. Even during summer the temperature appears too cold to sit outside in the late afternoons. The rocky strata under these vines gives the wine a deep mineralic core from very low yield.

Spitzer Graben 2020; 12.5%

Natural yeast, stainless steel ferment; partial aging in oak cask

Juicy and animated with loads of yellow stone fruit and spicy aromatics on the luscious mid palate. Classical pairing with Viennese dishes, but lovely with vegetarian creations, and subtle Southeast Asian spices.

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