Medium Yellow with a pinch of green. This wine shows a complex bouquet of red bell pepper, crushed red pepper, fresh apricot, peach skin, mustard seed, lentils, and juniper. Brilliant & balanced this wine is driven by red spices with herbaceous compliments and a stone fruit undertone.
This Wachau vineyard features loess and rock on the eastern parcels of Kollmütz, while rock prevails in the west. Machherndl maintains four terraced parcels from south-southeast to southwest on the high plateau in Kollmütz. Some of their best Riesling, Grüner Veltliner and Chardonnay wines thrive here.
Pairings: This versatile white compliments a variety of dishes from peppered crusted Ahi to grilled chicken skewers and homespun zucchini linguine surprise.
Erich Machherndl has been producing wine full time at his family’s estate In Wachau since 2002. Over the generations the style of the wines has undergone little change. They focus on producing dry wines exhibiting a true reflection of the Wachau’s terroir that have an above average shelf life. Erich maintains 23 different unique plots spanning 8 hectares within the Wachau.
Machherndl has been certified organic since 2018 but has been practicing organic farming since 2007. Erich does not practice bâtonnage, uses minimal amounts of Sulphur, ferments majority of his wines in stainless steel, and employs extended maceration periods. Erich’s goal is to focus on developing the structure of the wine with minimal intervention during the wine making process.
Wachau sits on the banks of the Danube River in the north eastern part of Austria. The Region is characterized by its steep slopes and terraced vineyards with history dating back to the Roman epoch. The vines sit 200 to 450 meters above sea level with soil that’s composed of metamorphic rock with occasional loess deposits. The area is dry with an average annual rainfall of 380 and 450 liters per square meter.
Over thirty years ago, Vinea Wachau, the regional winemaker’s association, established three trademarks. Steinfeder, Federspiel, Smaragd are the terms used to identify different styles of wine coming from the region.
Steinfeder: Fruity charm and a stipulated maximum alcohol content of 11.5% by volume characterise the lightest style of top Vinea Wachau wines called Steinfeder. The name itself refers to the typical “Steinfeder” grass (Stipa pennata), a grass that grows near the vines in the Wachau's terraced vineyards. It is feather-light and fragrant, just like the wine named after it.
Federspiel: A pronounced and nuanced character distinguishes this classic, dry wine. Federspiel wines feature a must weight of at least 17° KMW (19.4 °Brix) and an alcohol content of between 11.5% and 12.5% by volume. “Federspiel” was the name to describe the use of a prey dummy in falconry, a sport once favoured by the aristocracy and practiced in the Wachau.
Smaragd: Smaragd is the name for the best, most treasured wines from the Vinea Wachau members. The alcohol content of these wines has a minimum of 12.5% by volume. Highest grape ripeness and natural concentration are what make this world-class designation possible. Emerald- coloured lizards, also known as Smaragd lizards, find a habitat in the terraced vineyards of the Wachau. On bright, sunny days, they bask in the gleaming sun among the vines and have become the perfect symbol for Wachau wines with full physiological ripeness.