Nikolaihof Vom Stein Federspiel Wachau Riesling
Vom Stein is a sub-site of the Silberbichel vineyard. Located south east of the village, this is just 5.25 Ha and is a slight incline, sloping east, on the easternmost border of the Silberbichel vineyard. The soils are gneiss with mica inclusions; there is a layer of loess and topsoil here – 60-120cm before you start to hit primary rock. Nikolaihof is the only winery to bottle this site on its own, but it is not a true monopole.
Appellation: Wachau DAC
Winery Village: Mautern
Grape variety: Riesling
Vineyard: Vom Stein
Soil: Gneiss with mica and loess
Maturation: Large, old casks
Farming: Demeter Certified Biodynamic
Press & Reviews
Showing a little volatility with dried lemons and peaches, as well as nuttiness. It’s full-bodied and layered with lots of dried apple, pear and lemon curd with some beeswax. Yogurt, too. Pretty riesling with mature aromas and flavors. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink now.
Weighing in at just 11.5 percent alcohol, this is brimming with ripe apple and white peach, while scents and flavors of almond, moss, and wet stone add subtle complexity. A smoky, resinous, reductive topnote puts me in mind of hops, while an alluring gentian perfume haunts this entire performance. A palate presence that is surprisingly lush, silken and expansive for a Riesling Federspiel in no way precludes levity, clarity or primary juiciness. Subtle hints of wet stone and moss add intrigue to the lusciously lingering finish, but it will be interesting to discover whether further and more decisive mineral traits emerge with time in bottle.