A structured, mineral wine, with crisp green fruit. There is some austerity here, and the wine shows potential richness, but this shows more structure at the moment. Give it 4–5 years.
The Kollmitz’s Joching vineyard is at the heart of Erich Machherndl’s wines, producing both Riesling and Grüner Veltliner. This Grüner is impressively rich in a smooth, creamy style, with fresh green apples and white currant flavors. It should age well, its richness giving it the right structure.
A bit reticent on the nose, offering little more than hints of honey and peppery spice. It’s much more expressive in the mouth, where it delivers melon, pear and liquid minerals via a full, oily-textured mouthfeel. Imported by Broadbent Selections, Inc.
A steely side of Grüner here, very crisp with a strong mineral element. The wine is razor sharp and bright, with a brittle texture. With its vibrant acidity, this is a great food-pairing wine. Screw cap.
This rich but dry wine brings out Grüner Veltliner’s peppery character, which shows on top of the pear and quince flavors. The acidity offers a lift to this intense, concentrated wine.
An off-dry Riesling, that preserves the evocative white perfumed fruits and rounds them out with some sweetness. It has an unmistakable almond and green plum flavor that goes with pear juice and a soft, mouthfilling close. Glass stopper.
Big spice is proper for a Grüner Veltliner Smaragd wine, the richest category in the Wachau. But Machherndl also manages not to forget white fruits, a layer of acidity, and a full, but crisp varietal character.