2017 Weingut Rudi Pichler Riesling Smaragd Terrassen Austria
About the Winery
Rudi Pichler is among the elite growers of the Wachau producing wines of precision, power, and longevity. The cellar is based in the village of Wösendorf where generations of Pichlers have tended vines since 1731. Rudolph Pichler, III took over the winery in 1997 and has since expanded the vineyards and constructed a modern cellar in 2004. Grüner Veltliner and Riesling make up 95% of the production with the remaining 5% shared between Weißburgunder and Roter Veltliner. Rudi Pichler belongs to the prestigious Vinea Wachau and vinifies under the strict parameters of their codex. He was awarded Falstaff’s Vintner of the Year in 2010.
The 2017 Riesling Smaragd "Terrassen" is pure, fresh and flinty, very clear and crystalline on the nose with well-concentrated white stone fruit aromas. Racy-piquant and fresh on the palate, this is a highly tensioned, tightly woven, pure and elegant Riesling with lingering salinity and stimulating astringency. A slew of white peaches and sliced pears here. Great crispness and vitality, combined with enough body to give very nice harmony, but not so much that it feels heavy. Drink now. Tasted in Wösendorf/Wachau, September 2018. ~92 WA
A slew of white peaches and sliced pears here. Great crispness and vitality, combined with enough body to give very nice harmony, but not so much that it feels heavy. Drink now ~92 JS