Rudi Pichler 2020 Wachau Grüner Veltliner Federspiel
100% Grüner Veltliner | Alc: 12%
Rudi Pichler 2020 Wachau Grüner Veltliner Federspiel – Valley and hillside vineyards as well as high-elevation terraces inform the aromatic and spicy complexity of this wine, offering pure, sophisticated drinking pleasure.
“Very aromatic with a ton of freshly chopped herbs, lemon grass, white pepper and melon. Excellent balance of moderate body, lively acidity and minty freshness. Drink or hold.” 92 pts – James Suckling
“Bottled at the end of April this year, Rudi Pichler’s 2020 Grüner Veltliner Federspiel is pretty reductive on the pure nose that, for now, is everything but charming. Light and fresh on the palate, with fine grip and juicy fruit, this is a classic Federspiel bottled with 12% alcohol. It has good length and fine bitters but needs some months to open up. Tasted in June 2021. “2020 was finally a normal, classic vintage again,” says Rudi Pichler. “It wasn’t too warm, and we were not that early with the harvest.” The hailstorm in later August had an impact only on the Federspiel vineyards of Wösendorf, which lost 65% of the normal crop. Intuitively, Pichler, who has been assisted by his son Rudi Junior and his daughter Theresa for a couple of years, reduced potential yields already with the winter pruning that, in the end, brought fully ripe and intense grapes, also in terms of acidity. Extract levels were pretty high for both Smaragd and Federspiel qualities. As always, Rudi applies a long maceration for all of his wines, which is between three and 12 hours for Federspiel, six to 16 hours for Smaragd and 12 to 24 hours for the top Smaragds from the single-vineyard sites. The Achleithen is even allowed to macerate for 36 hours. The fermentation starts spontaneously, but the aging on the lees is rather short and the bottling early. This gives the wines a pretty challenging character when young, but they usually reward our patience, even if that’s hard to imagine with the 2020s.” – Wine Advocate
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