Domäne Wachau is one of Austria’s most renowned wineries, based in Austria’s most prestigious wine growing region, the Wachau. Steep terraced vineyards, a cool, marginal climate and meagre primary rock soils define the wines. „Smaragd“ stands for complex, full-bodied wines of the Wachau with aging potential.
Kellerberg is Dürnstein’s steep landmark mountain, rising up behind the Kellerschlössel (Domäne Wachau’s baroque cellar castle). The vines root deeply into the light-coloured “Gföhler Gneiss“ which consists mainly of feldspar and quarz and, in some areas, also covered by sandy loess soil in some parts of Kellerberg. The strong Pannonian climate influence on the Kellerberg yields full-bodied and complex, yet impressively mineral-driven wines.
The wine is bright yellow with golden reflections. The nose offers clear expressions of dark smoky spices, stone fruit, some pineapple, wild herbs and yellow apple. The palate is distinctive and powerfully structured. This wine is truly enjoyable because of its crisp acidity; and multilayered, long-lasting, salty minerality.
How to enjoy best
Serve well chilled at 10°C. The wine is a pleasure to drink now, but also promises to age well for many years. The wine perfectly accompanies hearty fish dishes, traditional Austrian cuisine and spicy Thai curry.
2018 was one of the hottest and most extreme summers, yet the wines display vitality and freshness. We would call it a “classic, balanced vintage”, as this corresponds to a cooler vintage style.
Compared to 2017, the alcohol levels are marginally lower, the acidity for Riesling is remarkably lively for such a hot summer. The final stage of ripening was slow and due to very early flowering, we had a long growing season. This naturally favoured continuous aroma development and promoted balance between acidity and sugar levels in the grape. All in all, the wines could be described as firm and elegant, combining a distinct and sappy texture with a crystal-clear aroma and complexity.