Medium green-yellow. Seductive aromas of ripe peach, subtle blossom honey and mandarin orange. Becomes more exotic in the mouth, adding papaya and lime to the mix. Sweet peach and papaya fruit is lifted by extraordinarily elegant lemony acidity. Finishes with palate-staining fruit and intense wet rock minerality. Wonderful to drink now, but should be even better between 2014 and 2024. - Int'l Wine Cellar
"Smaragd" is a definition for the best and most valuable wines of the Wachau, it was first used for the vintage of the year 1986. These wines are required to have a minimum must weight of 18.2°KMW and alcoholic content of 12.5%. (KMW stands for "Klosterneuburger Mostwaage" and is a unit to define the amount of natural sugar in wine must.) In accordance to tradition they are fermented until the natural end of the process and then filled into bottles and closed with long (at least 49mm) corks which carry the vintage date. Even after 25 or more years of proper storage, these wines will still be very enjoyable. Wines of the type "Smaragd" must not be sold before the 1st of May following the year of the harvest. This category characterises an extraordinary specialty of Wachau's winegrowing area and is subject to strict quality checks. Kellerberg is the vineyard.
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