A youthful aroma of peardrop is foremost on the nose, but on the palate, a zesty, pithy texture takes over. It's accompanied by vivid, lively lemon freshness that keeps it slender and streamlined, ringing with purity and verve. The finish is moreish and lip-smacking.
93 points, Anne Krebiehl, Wine Enthusiast (Mar 2018)
Another grüner veltliner that combines apricot and peach character with citrus rind and fennel and then again with thyme. Medium to full body, bright acidity, so much fresh fruit and a long finish. Drink now.
93 points, James Suckling (Oct 2017)
Clear, deep and fresh on the nose, the 2016 Ried Achleiten Grüner Veltliner Smaragd is perhaps the finest of the Veltliners of the Domaine. Medium to full-bodied, pure, finessed and fresh on the palate, this is a beautifully clear, straight and well structured Achleiten with a long and salty finish. Still very young, the 2016 will surely improve over the years.
92 points, Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (Issue # 232 - Aug 2017)
Rosemary, privet, snap pea and green bean share aromatic billing with intimations of stony mineral matter. The palate is full, glossy, glycerol-rich and generously juicy, but also displays invigorating crunch accompanied by Riesling-like suggestions of white peach and lime. Peppery and crystalline stony impingements add to the stimulating dynamic displayed by this admirable and impressively sustained interpretation of a great site.
92 points, David Schildknecht, Vinous (Dec 2018)