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World Wine – This originates almost entirely from one surprisingly high-elevation parcel of the Loibenberg. 'Ordinarily, you’d expect less botrytis there,' notes Knoll Senior, 'but this was picked very late, and the botrytis in this breezy location led to berries shriveling and quickly adding a whole degree of potential alcohol.' Creamy in midpalate texture, dominantly peachy and peach-pit-tinged, this also exhibits smoky black tea, piquant orange zest, almond extract, quince preserves and prickly spiciness, all reflecting its brush with noble rot. The long finish projects an enveloping sense of richness allied to tactile piquancy and cut.
Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – The 2015 Loibner Riesling Smaragd Vinothekfüllung was picked very late (after the rain) and with a significant portion of botrytis. Rich and elegant on the palate, this is a powerful and concentrated Riesling with a piquant acidity and a remarkable elegance and tension. The finish is long and firm.
Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – Lucas Pichler's monumental Grüner Veltliner Smaragd M opens with an ultra-ripe, concentrated and slightly speck-y yet still precise and even mineral-scented bouquet on the nose. Very rich and intense on the palate, this elegant, full-bodied, densely textured and powerful Veltliner from late-harvested grapes reveals an aromatic and juicy fruit core along with a stunningly vibrant acidity that gives structure, length and a lifting as well as lingering salinity and piquancy. Maracuya and other tropical fruit flavors dominate the aromatic aftertaste. Although I have no experience with matured samples of this Austrian icon Veltliner, I suspect it has an aging potential of 5-10 years and should be cellared at least for another 2 or 3 years.