Riesling 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.

About the Vineyard

Federspiel is the Wachau designation for middle harvest wines, maximum 12.5% alcohol through natural fermentation.  High-lying terraces and valley sites comprising weathered soils are behind this elegant, unobtrusively fruity Riesling. A minerally wine with plenty of fruit and vibrant acidity.

Tasting Notes

High-lying terraces and valley sites comprising weathered soils are behind this elegant, unobtrusively fruity Riesling.

Food Pairing

Pair with shrimp scampi in a cream sauce, oysters with mignonette, or chicken in a peanut sauce.

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Wachau
Soil composition:
Gneiss and Rocky
Training method:
Cane-pruned
Elevation:
726-1,188 feet
Vines/acre:
1,800
Yield/acre:
1.2-2.16 tons
Exposure:
Southern
Year vineyard planted:
1970
Harvest time:
October-November
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Riesling
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
14 days
Fermentation temperature:
64-71 °F
Maceration technique:
Cold Soak Maceration
Length of maceration:
1-2 days
Type of aging container:
Stainless steel tanks
Size of aging container:
1000-5000L
Length of aging before bottling:
7 months
Length of bottle aging:
1 month
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
11.5 %
Residual sugar:
1.4 g/L
Acidity:
7.9 g/L

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