We have a few bottles remaining of this incredible example of Steiner Hund from Nikolaihof. The leading address in Austria for Riesling, Nikolaihof, is on par with some of the best producers in Germany, and this back vintage of Steiner Hund is sensational. The Steiner Hund has long been one of the favorite dry wines from Nikolaihof, and 2016 is a fine example that ranks among the best here of all time. This is fantastic now, but these wines do so well in the cellar that this could become legendary with more time.
Nikolaihof is the fountainhead for the most incredible white wines in Austria. Rich with an almost 2,000-year-old history, Nikolaihof was purchased by the Saahs family in 1894, remaining the present-day owners. The key here is extreme attention to detail in the vineyards, strictly upholding biodynamic practices led by winemaker Nikolaus Saahs. In the cellar, which is an ancient Roman crypt, the wines ferment with natural yeasts and are left to age in 2,000 liters to 12,000-liter barrels.
The Steiner Hund wines are always the contenders for the most mineral-driven of the estate, and that's no exception this vintage. 2016 is an exceptional vintage for the Steiner Hund, and this dry Reisling saw one of its best renditions of all time. The vines here are forced to go deep into the bedrock in search of nutrients, and the reason Steiner Hund has so much mineral intensity. The 2016 is textbook Nikolaihof and spent 2.5 years aging in wood. It is a gorgeous example of their terroir-driven style and shows many aspects that make a great Riesling, power, intensity, purity, complexity, depth, and finesse. It is an excellent example from Nikolaihof and a genuinely magnificent terroir-driven bottle of Riesling. We have low pricing here today on a few cases, and this is a serious bottle worth checking for Riesling fans at pricing a bit lower than some of the top dry German examples.
Wine Advocate (Stephan Reinhardt) 96 points! "With cacao and crushed stone as well as concentrated peach aromas, the 2016 Ried Steiner Hund Riesling is subtle, refined and complex on the finely spicy yet deep, complex and elegant nose. Bottled in April this year, this is a full-bodied, dense, juicy, well-concentrated and crystalline-mineral Riesling with lots of power and sustainable grip and concentration. Another long-distance runner yet more puristic and grippy than the 2015 or 2013. 12.5% alcohol. Tasted at the domaine in June 2021."
James Suckling 95 points! "Where do you start to explain this truly amazing dry riesling that doesn't have anything to do with the regular world of wine? Extraordinarily delicate and complex nose that's so far removed from the normal world that a few regular adjectives say nothing about it. But, yes, this is sleek, very dry and mineral on the palate. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Drink or hold."