Riesling Smaragd Kirchweg 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

Smaragd is the Wachau designation for dry late harvest wines, above 12.5% alcohol through natural fermentation.  The best smaragd wines can age well for decades. Documented as early as 1050, the site in Wösendorf, at the foot of the Hochrain, is influenced by the sediment and stone soils of its highly situated vineyards, producing wines with a dense mineral texture and fine fruity flavors.

Tasting Notes

Documented as early as 1050, the site in Wösendorf, at the foot of the Hochrain, is influenced by the sediment and stone soils of its highly situated vineyards, producing wines with a dense mineral texture and fine fruity flavors.

Food Pairing

Pair with pork belly lardons, coconut crusted blackfish with pineapple salsa, or green apple sorbet with lime zest. 

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Wachau
Vineyard name:
Kirchweg
Soil composition:
Gneiss, Rocky, and Sand
Training method:
Cane-pruned
Elevation:
726-1,188 feet
Vines/acre:
1.800
Yield/acre:
1.2-2.16 tons
Exposure:
Southern / Southwestern
Harvest time:
October-November
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Riesling
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
14 days
Fermentation temperature:
64-72 °F
Maceration technique:
Cold Soak Maceration
Length of maceration:
1-2 days
Type of aging container:
Stainless steel tanks
Size of aging container:
1000-5000 L
Length of aging before bottling:
7 months
Length of bottle aging:
1 month
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
13.0 %
Residual sugar:
1.5 g/L
Acidity:
7.7 g/L

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