2015 Schmelz Stein am Rain Riesling Federspiel Wachau SKU #1280023


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Tasting Notes

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).

Staff Reviews

  • Olivia Ragni
    By: Olivia Ragni
    K&L Staff Member
    In Austria, Gruner Veltliner seems to get all the spotlight, but don't forget that Austria makes some exquisite, dry Riesling. This is Johann's entry level Riesling coming from the vineyard of Stein Am Rain that has alluvial and sandy soils which Rieslings does great in. This dry, juicy Riesling shows notes of honeysuckle, lemon, white peach and salinity. While there is great acid on this wine, the 2015 vintage provides this wine with big body and texture to balance.
  • Lilia McIntosh
    By: Lilia McIntosh
    K&L Staff Member
    This is probably one of the best dry Austrian Rieslings I've had! Stone fruit like peach, apricot and especially yellow plum burst out of the glass immediately. Then on the palate it gets combined with juicy mouthwatering acidity and moderate minerality and goes into endless finish. It just keeps going on and on. Mesmerizing wine for sure.
  • Mahon McGrath
    By: Mahon McGrath
    K&L Staff Member
    Mineral, lemon, pale flowers and starfruit leads in to a round textured wine, before gradually dialing things back down to the rocky baseline. Less forceful than an Alsatian Riesling, less gossamer than German examples, this is a good example of the way Austrian Riesling balances texture in its own distinctive fashion.
  • Eric Story
    By: Eric Story
    K&L Staff Member
    Wonderfully light and airy on the nose showing nice subtle mineral depth and just ripened pear and white flowers. Lighter bodied with a dancing feel which plays on the palate a bit before showing off the texture and length of the vintage.


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