Smoky and crushed stone overtones along with honeysuckle and lily scent the Knoll 2010 Riesling Smaragd Schutt, whose persistent inner-mouth floral perfume is matched by diverse, subtle mineral shadings suggesting stone, iodine, and peat. White peach and lime lend irresistible juiciness to a vibrant finish of almost kaleidoscopically complex flavor interplay. This at once superbly nuanced and outgoing Riesling ought to be a joy to follow over the next ten or a dozen years. - Wine Advocate
"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. Schutt is the vineyard.
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