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Zahel, Nussberg Riesling “Ried Obere Schoss” Vienna, Austria 2019 (750mL)
Zahel is a staple at SommSelect, as much for their story as for the exceptional wines themselves. Alex is the fourth generation of the Zahel family to make wine within the Vienna city limits. He’s the driving force behind converting all their vineyards to biodynamic farming practices; no small feat when you consider they’re the only producer in Vienna with holdings in all of the city's growing districts. To drink Zahel wines is to take a tour through the unique terroirs of the city. Ried Obere Schoss is the most arresting, a site that’s built its reputation over centuries of producing extraordinary Rieslings and field blends (“Gemischter Satz”). The steep terraces are dotted with chunks of limestone in which it’s not unusual to find the imprint of some ancient sea creature. That’s because the soils of Nussberg date back to the same age that formed the limestone-rich terroirs of Burgundy and Champagne. You can taste that shared pedigree in this Riesling, as it rings with crystalline minerality. There are aromas of fresh-cut grasses and fennel fronds abound, layered with elderflower, crabapple, and pineapple core. Green apple slices, mango peel, and Kaffir lime build on the midpalate, then crash in a wave of salinity. It’s held upright with taut strings of acidity, but the finish is delightfully ample.
- FarmingCertified Biodynamic
- OakUsed Austrian Barrels
- Temp.Serve at 50-55° F
- GlasswareAll-Purpose Stem
- Decanting30 Minutes
- PairingSmoked Salmon Sandwiches w/ Cucumber & Radish
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