Grüner Veltliner Federspiel 2014

Rudi Pichler

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The Pichler family has been making wine in the village of Wösendorf since at least the late 19th century. The original cellar building, more of a small stall than a winery, was purchased in 1884 and their first vineyards were planted in the town of Wosendorf in 1904. The modern winery was built in 2004 near Rudi´s private home. After some initial wanderlust and the pursuit of various other interests – academic and commercial – Rudolf Pichler IV returned to the family winery with a seed of an idea. He had no formal training other than his memories of his grandfather and his instincts for great wine.

Tasting Notes

The more savory aspects of Grüner Veltliner are present in the aroma of this wine, with yellow apple and spice notes.  On the palate, the minerality that is typical of these vineyards comes through, with herb and some wax bean notes. 

Food Pairing

Can pair well with strong vegetable flavors, such as asparagus and green pea, or with lighter meat dishes.

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Wachau
Vineyard name:
several sites within the Wachau region
Soil composition:
Gneiss and loess
Training method:
Two short horizontal canes
Elevation:
726 -1150 feet
Vines/acre:
1200-1800
Yield/acre:
1.6-2.8 tons
Exposure:
Southern/Southwestern
Harvest time:
September-October
First vintage of this wine:
1989
Bottles produced of this wine:
30,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Grüner Veltliner
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
10-18 days
Fermentation temperature:
64-72 °F
Maceration technique:
Cold Soak Maceration
Malolactic fermentation:
No
Fining agent:
Vegan
Type of aging container:
Stainless steel
Size of aging container:
1000-5000L
Age of aging container:
2 - 15 years
Length of aging before bottling:
5 to 7 months
Length of bottle aging:
1 month
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
12.0 %
Residual sugar:
1.0 g/L
Acidity:
5.9 g/L

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