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Prager Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Achleiten Stockkultur 750ml 2012
Sku: 1877353*
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Critics Ratings:   (1)
Product Information
Country: Austria
Region: Weinland
Sub-Region: Niederosterreich
Appellation: Wachau
Grape Varietal: Gruner Veltliner
Type: Still wine
Reg. 80.99
On Sale $64.99
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Wine Advocate 94 points - Bodenstein?s old vines 2012 Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Achleiten Stockkultur is intriguingly scented with black and green teas, moss, and pungent essences of green herbs, as well as intimations of the savory oyster liquor and sweet-saline scallop mouthwateringly evoked on a satin-textured, slickly glycerol-rich and expansive yet clear and infectiously juicy palate. It finishes with irresistible next sip-inducement and a touch of that ?how-can-this-come-from-grapes?? wonder most familiar from great red Burgundies. Plan to follow it through at least 2025. (Apr 2014)

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Wine maker notes
These may well be the oldest vines in existence in the Wachau, planted in 1938. The Bodensteins acquired this vineyard and released their first wine from here in 2005. Single stalk trained, “Stockkultur”, in the old style, because these terraces are uneven and would never allow for a wire trained system anyway. Maintaining and repairing these old stake trained vines is a labor of love. In this wine are the complex aromas and deep savory characteristics only found in vines decades old planted to these infertile soils.

Producer
In 1983, the now retired Franz Prager, cofounded the Vinea Wachau association, an organization dedicated to preserving the quality and culture of Wachau wines, while promoting Wachau”s image beyond Austrian borders. The marriage of Vienna-born Toni Bodenstein, to Franz”s daughter, Ilse, ushered in a sweeping renaissance at the Prager winery. These changes not only affected the way Prager thought, but also how Wachauers thought about their vineyards and their work as winemakers.

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