Atzberg, Steilterrassen Grüner Veltliner, Wachau, Austria, 2016 through Merchant of Wine.

Atzberg, Steilterrassen Grüner Veltliner, Wachau, Austria, 2016

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Overview of the Wine
In the middle of the Wachau, one of the most beautiful cultural landscapes in the world, lies the Atzberg.Domäne Wachau is deeply rooted in the Wachau region. 

The Atzberg is a steep site, an extremely steep site. The vineyard was first mentioned in a record from 1382 as "Ärzberg" (Ore Mountain). A few years back, winemaker Franz-Josef Gritsch and his partners Hans Schmid and Robert Wutzl set about a diligent and painstaking recultivation. The vineyards of Singerriegel and Atzberg are presumed to have formed a geological unity in former times, before the stream Mieslingbach separated the two. As the original name suggests, the soil is rich in ores (red rocks with gneiss and slate structure and sparse top soil). The high towering, narrow stone terraces do not allow for mechanical cultivation. All work is purely manual!

Due to the difficult work of this steep vineyard, viticulture on Atzberg was given up in the 1950s after a good 700 years. From 2008 this unique location has been recultivated by wine enthusiasts.


Grape / Blend
Grüner Veltliner

Origin
Wachau, Austria

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Begins with a harmonious succession of aromas: red berries, minerals and black pepper; finishes in a sweeping palette of fruits and spices: apple, pear, herbs and tobacco leaf. Full-bodied, yet with a sense of delicacy. A classic with remarkable length.

95 Points - Wine Enthusiast 
A tropical touch of passion fruit plays on the pear-inflected nose of this wine. The concentrated palate, however, is all about lemon freshness and yeasty texture. Soy and miso notions add a salty element while lemon zest and pith notes provide a precise texture. That lemon peel quality dominates with its purity on the long finish. Lovely and compact but very concentrated.

Product size: 750ml
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