Peach, rose and a fresh herbal nose. Sleek and filigree for this grape with a great lemon zest and a mineral finish that goes on and on. Better from 2018, but has decades of ageing potential.
95 points, James Suckling (Oct 2017)
Ripe peach and high-toned almond are joined on the nose by intimations of the peach kernel piquancy that subsequently lends welcome counterpoint on a glossy, creamy palate. The finish delivers a remarkable, mouthwatering sweet-saline savor of raw scallop, allied to bittersweet nuts and caramelized parsnip. The herbal and vegetable aspects of Grüner Veltliner are somewhat sublimated here, but there is a bittersweet, almost honeyed suggestion of snap pea, while an aura of greenhouse-like flowers and greenery adds a haunting dimension. Site-typical touches of crushed stone and white pepper serve for further stimulating counterpoint on a lusciously lingering finish. It’s remarkable that Loibenberg, of all sites, would generate a Smaragd that displays such buoyancy. Like the corresponding Schütt, this really gets going once it has had some time in the air.
94 points, David Schildknecht, Vinous (Dec 2018)
Delivers cardamom, pear and white pepper aromas and flavors across a velvety, elegant structure. Beautifully knit and well-integrated, with a lingering aftertaste of mineral, lavender and fleur de sel. Drink now through 2028. 71 cases imported.
93 points, Aleks Zecevic, Wine Spectator (Nov 2018)