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Nikolaihof, Vinothek' Wachau Riesling, 2002

White Wine from Wachau, Austria
$219.00

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Nikolaihof is a trailblazing traditionalist: Biodynamic since 1971, its written winemaking history goes all the way back the monks who farmed there in the 5th Century (no, there’s no missing digit there). Today the family still practices an integrated farming like the monks did, involving farms without herbicides, pesticides or artificial sprays, making the wine with natural fermentations and ancient Austrian oak in their 700 year old cellar.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 96
"From the Im Weingebirge single vineyard, the 2002 Riesling Vinothek has been aged slightly filtered and sulfured for 16 years in a 6,000-liter oak cask. Bottled in July 2018, the brilliantly white-golden colored wine is fascinatingly clear and bright on the elegant and aromatic nose. Highly elegant and beautifully balanced on the palate, with some bitterness in the finish, this is a concentrated Riesling whose fine acidity is completely integrated. The finish is tight, intense, very complex and terribly long. The acidity is completely interwoven with the stony character, which gives the 2002 great elegance and finesse. Drink through 2045." -Stephan Reinhardt

Wine Enthusiast

WE 97
"A teasing, flinty whiff of reduction beckons from the glass before the taut, fresh, poised but juicy palate hits you. The flavor is reminiscent both of baked and fresh apple, with a smooth lanolin tone. This is not only and elixir but a whole fountain of youth, a full-flavored jewel of a wine. Still slender, still vivid and like balm for the soul. If only we could age so gracefully. *Editors' Choice*" -Anne Krebiehl

What importer Skurnik Wines has to say about this wine...

Grape: Riesling
Vineyard: Various
Soil: Loam, Loess, Paragneiss rock
Winemaking: Aged for 16 years in 3,500 liter old oak casks

The best parts of the harvest are blended and held for an extended period in cask

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Riesling

  • Vintage

    2002

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Biodynamic

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied