2015 Schmelz Wachauer Terrassen Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Wachau SKU #1280024

Price: $14.99

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Tasting Notes

Schmelz is a small family run estate located in the heart of the Wachau in the 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
    I was shocked to see the under $15 price point on this Terrassen Gruner after tasting it. It drinks well above its price tag with bright racy acid, big texture, crunchy apples lemon rind and a long, limestone finish.
  • Lilia McIntosh
    By: Lilia McIntosh
    K&L Staff Member
    Very dry, crisp and delicate Gruner with herbal notes and juicy citrusy finish. Very mineral and mouthwatering! Fresh and aromatic - white flower and stone fruit. Great with seafood!
  • Mahon McGrath
    By: Mahon McGrath
    K&L Staff Member
    Tart citrus, white pepper, plum and petrichor and are on display in this rich, flavorful, viscously textured Gruner. There's a whiff of florality set against arugula that emerges on the palate. Hits the mark, delivering characterful, varietally true wine from one of Austria's most famed wine regions at a modest price.
  • Eric Story
    By: Eric Story
    K&L Staff Member
    Wachau Grüner for under $20? Wait, Wachau Grüner for $15!!! This is a rare find indeed. But, thanks to our DI program we were able to make it happen. The 2015 vintage was a killer for the Wachau and this wine shows it. Fantastic density while retaining a pure expression of clean snappy fruit. As the name suggests, this comes from terraced vineyards around the estate. Wonderfully light in color with aromatics which jump out of the glass and wonderfully fresh and energetic on the palate. Drink now and over the next handful of years.


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