For a crisp, dry white with lovely light peach fruit, check out this fine Riesling. It’s from one of the top cellars in Austria, from Wachau, the country’s best wine region, and uses a great grape. For elegance, quality and value, it won’t be beaten.
This wine is named Himmelstiege – ‘stairway to heaven’ – in recognition of the steepness of the vineyards from where the grapes are sourced. Why’s that important? It makes the vines work hard to find water and nutrients, and produces wine with a wonderful mineral intensity. This 2019 is from Domäne Wachau – a cellar established 300 years ago. In 2004, the winemaker Heinz Frischengrüber and winery manager Roman Horvath MW introduced a new regime and quality has since soared. Jancis Robinson MW named them as “one of the best co-ops in the world”. Their focus is the Wachau region, from where most of Austria’s finest wines hail. This fine Riesling has a bright zip of lime acidity to balance its ripe peach fruit. Tasty solo or with fish dishes.
"I love this wine. It's fresh fragrant and well worth trying if you're not familiar with this country"
Online Review For the 2018 vintage