What’s better than a bottle of wine? Two magnums like the ones we enjoyed at the Vievinum. To start with, the Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2021 from Domäne Wachau’s Achleiten vineyard, followed by the 2007 Sauvignon Blanc Ried Zieregg Reserve IZ 2007 from Tement.
The Smaragd stands at the very beginning of its evolution. Characterised by the gneiss soil of Achleiten, this wine is yet quite closed but shows great potential. Lime, some peach, fennel and some thyme. Long, mineral and salty finish.
The IZ is more mature but still full of fruit and power. Papaya, yellow apple, lime, passion fruit, tobacco and a hint of sage. Extremely long and intense with a fine creaminess and lots of saline finesse. IZ stands for intracellular berry fermentation, a variation of Maceration Carbonique. The undamaged berries are kept for 100 days in stainless steel vats and then left on the yeast for four and a half years.