2019 Rudi Pichler Gruner Veltliner Federspiel, Wachau, Austria (750ml)

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This 2019 Grüner Veltliner is a Federspiel which is the middle classification for alcohol levels for wines in the Wachau. Technically, it is used for wines “made from riper grapes harvested at least 17°KMW and producing wines with an alcohol level between 11,5–12.5%. The maximum residual sugar for these wines is 4 g/l.[4]" Being a Federspiel, this elegantly toned Grüner shows fine concentration of fruit yet feels light and breezy on its feet with a clean, zesty acidity. Flavors of green apple, lime citrus, savory herb and a nice kick of white pepper on the finish make up the taste profile of this really cool wine. The Pichler family has a long-standing tradition of wine cultivation in Wosendorf, Wachau since 1731. Rudi III took over running the estate in 1997, started expanding the vineyard holdings and built a state of the art cellar in 2004. Today, he oversees the sustainable farming of 12.5 hectares which are planted primarily to Grüner Veltliner at 65%, with 30% to Riesling and 5% to Pinot Blanc.

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