Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Kollmütz 2012

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.

About the Vineyard

The Kollmütz vineyard producers wine under the guidance of Rudi Pichler's rigorous management of the vineyard. These old vines, planted on rocky terrain and steep terraces, produce a Grüner Veltliner of significant structure and tangible power.

Tasting Notes

A yellow apple and citrus nose gives way to green bean and lentil savory qualities on the palate, finishing with precesion and some tropical notes.

Food Pairing

Pair with branzino with herbs and sausage, grilled shrimp in lemon vinaigrette, or lemon-pepper chicken.

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Wachau
Vineyard name:
Wachau/Wösendorf/The Kollmütz vineyard
Vineyard size:
4 acres
Soil composition:
Gneiss and Rocky
Elevation:
726-1,188 feet
Vines/acre:
1800
Yield/acre:
1.2-2.2 tons
Exposure:
Southern
Year vineyard planted:
1960-1970
Harvest time:
November
First vintage of this wine:
1971
Bottles produced of this wine:
4,000-8,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Grüner Veltliner
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
14 days
Fermentation temperature:
64-72 °F
Maceration technique:
Cold Soak Maceration
Malolactic fermentation:
No
Fining agent:
Vegan
Type of aging container:
Stainless steel tanks
Size of aging container:
10-50 HL
Length of aging before bottling:
5 months
Length of bottle aging:
1 month
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
14.5 %
Residual sugar:
1.0 g/L
Acidity:
4.6 g/L

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