Origin & Terroir
The Kellerberg is Dürnstein’s steep landmark mountain, rising up right behind Domäne Wachau’s baroque cellar castle. The vines root deeply into the light-coloured "Gföhler= Gneiss" which consists mainly of feldspar and quartz. Kellerberg is south-east facing with a somewhat cooler microclimate than the neighbouring Loibenberg. The wines from Kellerberg combine the pronounced mineral character of the Achleiten with the power and full body of the Loibenberg.
Riesling is never characterised by opulence and power but by elegance, acidity and mineral character. Wachau Rieslings can be rather powerful but always retain their elegance and minerality.
Smaragd is the top category of Wachau wines. The name Smaragd was derived from the
magnificent emerald green lizard that can be found basking in hot and sunny spots in the
vineyards. Smaragd wines are dry, full-bodied and complex wines with plenty of finesse and great aging potential. Smaragd is a registered trademark of Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus e.V.
Riesling is a very demanding grape variety in the vineyard and shows best results only in carefully selected vineyards – Kellerberg is one of these premium Riesling sites. The grapes are carefully hand-picked. After some hours of maceration and temperature controlled fermentation, the wine matures on the fine lees in big old casks for several months. It was bottled in August 2009.
Bright straw yellow, offering expressive aromas of vineyard-peach, green apple and tropical fruit backened up by a pronounced mineral character. Very concentrated and dense on the plate with a smooth texture. Excellent balance.