Weingut Prager Grüner Veltliner "Hinter der Burg" Federspiel 2015 0,75
Pungent scents and flavors of lemon, sea oats, and green herbs accent a matrix of yellow plum and strawberry, supported by glyceral richness and a sense of extract sweetness. A suggestion of beet root and nip of white pepper lend the finish of this satisfyingly succulent Gruner Veltliner a more recognizable varietal character. There has seldom been a more luscious, sappy Federspiel at this address, whether or not the results fit Bodenstein’s generally correct characterization of this vintage as one of “elegance and finesse.” I would expect to enjoy this anytime over the next 4-6 years though be inclined to favor relishing its youthful fruitiness.
Weingut Prager Riesling "Steinriegl" Federspiel 2013 0,75
The 2013 Riesling Federspiel Steinriegel smells of dried herbs and coffee, then comes onto the palate with a stone soup brothy mineral richness worthy of a premier cru Chablis and finishes with a mineral rich display of wet stone, salts, and herb and meat broth. Think of this outstanding value as a relatively compact, dramatically mineral-dominated and lower-alcohol Smaragd that will stir the pot with practically whatever you’re cooking.